Bhubaneswar: Condemning the violence in West Bengal, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) AIIMS in Bhubaneswar launched a cease work strike today protesting attack on junior doctors.
Nearly 500 doctors were on dharna with bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest and called for a suspension of all non-emergency services, including OPD.
Earlier yesterday, Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA) and doctors of SCB Medical College and Hospital also protested over the incident. The students and junior doctors of SCBMCH also burnt the effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for threatening them by giving a ‘time-bound ultimatum’.
Healthcare services at private and government hospitals are affected across the state and the nation with the protest being held at different All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
While the AIIMS doctors wore the red-stained bandages and helmets as they attended to patients all day long yesterday, they resorted to boycotting work on Friday.
The India Medical Association has declared “All India Protest Day” on Friday against the incident and expressed solidarity with the striking doctors.
Striking junior doctors across West Bengal on Thursday refused to end their protest till their demands on security in government hospitals are met and defied a deadline set by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Notably, the assault on the junior doctors following the death of a patient at the state-run NRS Medical College in Kolkata on Monday night left an intern seriously injured.The strike, which was initiated there, spread to medical institutions in the districts.
The incident has once again raised concerns regarding security of doctors. Expressing concern on recently reported incidents of violence against doctors, they said it is necessary and important for a safe work environment.