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Doctors call for nationwide strike on Monday, Bengal protests spread

While visiting the SSKM Hospital on Thursday, Banerjee had contended that "outsiders" had entered medical colleges to create disturbances and the agitation was a conspiracy by the CPI(M) and the BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Bengal doctors protests
Members of Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of AIIMS wearing bandages on their heads protest to show solidarity with their counterparts in West Bengal | PTI

The country's top association of medical professionals called for a strike on Monday as doctors' protests in after assaults on them spread across India.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) launched a three-day protest Friday and said on Monday doctors won't provide non-essential health services.

In Bengal, doctors demanded Mamata Banerjee's unconditional apology and set six conditions for the to withdraw their four-day-long stir that disrupted across

"We want unconditional apology of Mamata Banerjee for the manner in which she had addressed us at the yesterday. She should not have said what she had," a of the joint forum of junior doctors, Dr Arindam Dutta, said.

While visiting the on Thursday, Banerjee had contended that "outsiders" had entered medical colleges to create disturbances and the agitation was a conspiracy by the CPI(M) and the BJP.

Listing the six conditions, the agitators said the will have to visit the injured doctors at the hospital and her office should release a statement condemning the attack on them.

"We also want immediate intervention of the chief minister. Documentary evidence of judicial enquiry against the inactivity of the police to provide protection to the doctors at the and Hospital on Monday night should also be provided," he said.

Two junior doctors were assaulted on Monday night by family members of a patient who died in the

"We demand documentary evidence and details of action taken against those who had attacked us," Dutta said.

They also demanded unconditional withdrawal of all "false cases and charges" which were imposed on junior doctors and medical students across in the wake of their strike.

They also stressed on their demand for improvement of infrastructure in all health facilities as well as posting of armed police personnel there.

First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 17:30 IST
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