West Bengal Doctors on Monday agreed to withdraw their strike after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced to scale up security at hospitals and assured the doctors that their security will be looked upon.
An assurance to call off the strike came after meeting Ms Banerjee . “We are satisfied with the meeting,” a representative of the doctors said, assuring Ms Banerjee that the strike is going to be called off. A formal withdraw of the strike is likely to be made from the NRS Medical College and Hospital.
Healthcare services at several government and private hospitals in parts of the country were hit as doctors have decided to boycott work in support of the doctors who were killed in an incident in which the family of patient attacked the doctors. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) gave a strike call with the withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country.
All outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward services were withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am Tuesday.
The junior doctors in Bengal softened their stand on Sunday and agreed to meet CM. “We are keen to end this impasse. We are ready to hold talks with the chief minister at a venue of her choice, provided it is held in the open, in the presence of media persons, and not behind closed doors,” a spokesperson of the doctors said after a two-hour meeting.
The end of protest comes as a big relief for the patients who are at the hospital waiting to be attended by the doctors. However, AIIMS Delhi resumed their service on monday itself as reported by Sudarshan News.