Doctors call off strike after meeting with Mamata Banerjee
June 18, 2019
The protests by junior doctors in West Bengal has come to an end after seven days. The strike was called off after a meeting between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and representatives of the protesting doctors yesterday.
The doctor's representatives said "We came here for discussion because we want a solution. We believe that you have good intentions. If possible, please take appropriate action against the unwanted incidents that have taken place."
Mamata Banerjee accepted the demand to increase the security of doctors in the state against attacks from the relatives of patients and also to set up grievance redressal cells in government hospitals.
As per reports, 31 representatives of the striking doctors from medical colleges across the state took part in the meeting.
Mamata Banerjee also announced that five people have been arrested for their involvement in the NRS Hospital violence.
"We are proud of our doctors. You may be angry with my government but please go back to work. I will be very happy if you announce the end of your ceasework now," said Mamata after the meeting.
The protests had started after an attack on two junior doctors last week and doctors from other states had also come out in support. One of the injured intern is still in critical condition.
The strike had affected thousands of patients and become a sore point with the West Bengal government.