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Mamata Banerjee accepts demands of protesting doctors

June 16, 2019

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that her government has accepted all the demands of the doctors on strike.

"We've accepted all their demands. I had sent my ministers, principal secretary to meet the doctors, waited for 5 hours to meet doctors delegations yesterday & today, but they did not come. You have to give respect to the constitutional body, She said while addressing media yesterday.

Mamata Banerjee also appealed to the protesting doctors to end the strike and resume their duties.

She has promised that no strict action will be taken against the protesting doctors.

"We never arrested a single person. We will not take any police action. Health services cannot continue like this. I am not going to take any stringent action. Let good sense prevail, she said.

Junior doctors in the state went on strike to protest against the assault on two doctors at a government-run hospital in Kolkata. The doctors were beaten up by the relatives of a patient who had died at the hospital. One of the injured interns is reported to be in coma after the assault.

Doctors from other states also took part in the protest that entered its sixth day affecting hundreds of patients. The Indian Medical Association had also called for a nationwide strike on Monday, 17 June.

On Friday, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urged the doctors to end the strike and advised the west Bengal CM to "not make this a prestige issue".

Protesting doctors had demanded an unconditional apology from Banerjee among other demands.

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