As the strike of doctors enters the fifth day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday invited them again to meet her today evening to end the impasse in government hospitals. Banerjee had held a two-hour-long meeting with senior doctors, who were not part of the strike, and invited the agitating doctors for talks at the secretariat Nabanna Friday night.
After the protesting doctors refused to meet the chief minister, dubbing the invitation as a ploy to derail their stir, she invited them yet again to meet her at 5 pm Saturday at Nabanna.
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06:25 pm: "We've accepted all their demands. I had sent my ministers, principal secy 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. I appeal to all doctors to resume work as thousands of people are awaiting medical treatment," says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
06:00 pm: West Bengal government: State is fully committed to take necessary steps. State has taken the decision to bear all the expenses of medical treatment of the junior doctor who is admitted at a private hospital.
03:45 pm: Mamata Banerjee cancels meeting with injured doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhyay.
12:34 pm: Thirty-four doctors resign in West Bengal's Kalyani, in support of junior doctors' strike
12:02 pm: In support of junior doctors strike, around 144 doctors of Kolkata Municipal corporation's health centre are taking causal leave today.
11:08 am: There is no strike in AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital. Emergency services in other hospitals to function as normal; OPD closed.
10:36 am: Amrinder Singh Malhi, President, RDA (Resident Doctors' Association), AIIMS: All resident doctors are back to work but we will continue with symbolic protest by wearing black badges, bandages and helmets. If condition worsens we will go on indefinite strike from June 17.
10:25 am: Delhi: Indian Medical Association (IMA) delegation meets Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan over the ongoing strike of doctors in West Bengal
09:54 am: Junior doctors at AIIMS to take out candle march at 6 pm today
09:29 am: Striking junior doctors say they won't attend meeting called by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at state secretariat on Saturday evening
09:00 am: Eighteen Delhi hospitals to continue strike today; nearly 10,000 doctors to join
08:21 am: Resident Doctors Association at AIIMS issues a 48-hour ultimatum to West Bengal government, to meet demands of the striking doctors. If demands not met, the doctors would be forced to resort to an indefinite strike at AIIMS
08:01 am: Delegation of Delhi doctors to meet Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today
In a major development, over 200 senior doctors of various government hospitals across the state resigned from their services to show solidarity with agitators.
The striking doctors have been demanding an unconditional apology from Banerjee and have put up six conditions for withdrawal of their strike.
Commenting on the development, a spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors said, "We want an unconditional apology from Chief Minister Banerjee for the manner in which she addressed us at the SSKM Hospital yesterday. She should not have said what she said. She should come to NRS Hospital to meet us."
Meanwhile, state Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said he had called up Banerjee to discuss the issue of doctors' strike but got no response from her.
"I tried to contact the chief minister. I called her up. Till this moment there is no response from her. If she calls me up, we will discuss the matter," he told reporters after visiting injured junior doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhyay at the hospital.
Mukhopadhyay is one of the two junior doctors attacked by the relatives of a patient, who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital here Monday night.
As the medical fraternity from Delhi, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand and other states began to rally behind their West Bengal colleagues, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urged Banerjee not to make the "sensitive matter" a "prestige issue" and ensure an "amicable end" to the stir.
The Calcutta High Court, meanwhile, refused to pass any interim order on the strike.
Kolkata doctors seek apology from Mamata Banerjee