Kolkata hospital violence: Union Health Minister to speak to West Bengal CM

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New Delhi: Condemning violence against doctors in Kolkata, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan extended his support to doctors and urged West Bengal CM not to make this a prestige issue.

The Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS met the Union Health Minister in New Delhi over violence against doctors in West Bengal.

The minister also stated that he will talk to Mamata Banerjee on the issue as the protest was a result of her ultimatum following which the doctors were dissatisfied.

Striking junior doctors across West Bengal on Thursday refused to end their protest till their demands on security in government hospitals are met. They defied a deadline set by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Harsh Vardhan also asked the doctors to ensure that services to the people are not disrupted.

Expressing concern over the recently reported incidents of violence against doctors, Harsh Vardhan earlier said it is necessary and important for the doctors to get a safe work environment.

The agitation entered the fifth day on Friday as doctors continued to demand adequate security after their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured following a patient’s death at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday directed the members of all its state branches to stage protests and wear black badges on Friday.

The protesters have now garnered support from doctors in Delhi, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Pune who will also join the strikes today.

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.

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