Kolkata hospital violence: IMA’s nation-wide stir today

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New Delhi: Condemning brutal attack on two junior doctors in West Bengal, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will be on strike today withdrawing all non-essential health services.

This includes the outdoor patient department (OPD) services in hospitals across the country.

The IMA members will also stage a dharna at its headquarters in New Delhi.

The IMA said all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am Tuesday. Emergency and casualty services will continue to function.

However, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said it will not participate in the nationwide strike called by the IMA but will take out a protest march from 8 am to 9 am on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) and the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) have extended their support to IMA’s strike call.

Similarly, doctors in Goa have decided to participate in the strike between 6 am and 6 pm. The doctors in the centrally-sponsored JIPMER in Puducherry on Saturday said the OPD and in the laboratory and elective surgeries scheduled for Monday have been suspended.

Notably, Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since June 11 after two of their colleagues were reportedly attacked and seriously injured by relatives of a patient who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

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