Striking junior doctors turn down Mamata’s invite for talks

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: June 15, 2019 16:12 IST
Striking junior doctors turn down Mamata’s invite for talks

Doctors turned down CM Mamata Banerjee's invitation for a meeting at the state secretariat, which was called to resolved the impasse, and continued their protest for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday.

The doctors, who are protesting against the assault on two of their colleagues at NRS Medical College and Hospital, sought an unconditional apology from Banerjee and set 6 conditions for the state government in order to withdraw their stir.
"She will have to come to the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital and deliver an unconditional apology for her comments made during her visit to the SSKM Hospital on Thursday," Arindam Dutta, spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors, told PTI.
"If she can go to the SSKM she can also come to the NRS... or else this agitation will go on," Dutta said.
Banerjee, who visited the state-run SSKM Hospital on Thursday amid slogans of "we want justice", had contended that outsiders were creating disturbances in the medical colleges and the ongoing agitation is a conspiracy by the CPI(M) and the BJP.
Meanwhile, Medical practitioners at AIIMS Delhi on Saturday called off their protest and gave a 48-hour ultimatum to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to fulfil the demands. Mr Mukherjee along with other senior doctors, who were not part of the agitation, met Ms Banerjee on Friday. They held a two-hour-long meeting with the Chief Minister at the secretariat to find a solution to the ongoing problem. In their ultimatum, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) at AIIMS stated that if the demands are not met within 48 hours, they would be forced to resort to an indefinite strike at the Delhi hospital. On Friday, doctors of several hospitals across the country such as AIIMS of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana went on a strike in solidarity with the doctors of West Bengal, demanding safe environment for them.