Section of junior doctors resume duty at govt hospitals in WB

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 16:43

Kolkata: Services in four government
hospitals here were hit as strike by junior doctors entered the fourth day Tuesday, even as the government claimed that a section of the protestors had resumed duty in `some places`
and the agitation will be withdrawn soon.

"We have information that a section of the striking
junior doctors have already resumed duty in some places. We
are hopeful that the strike will be formally withdrawn in a
few hours," Director of Medical Education Soumendranath
Banerjee said.

Banerjee, who met a delegation of the striking doctors
at Swastha Bhavan said they demanded a high-power inquiry into
Saturday`s violence at SSKM Hospital and security for
government hospital doctors.

"We have accepted both the demands," he said.

A notification has been issued for setting up the
inquiry committee and the Principal Secretary of the Health
Department has met city Police Commissioner and Additional
Secretary of the Home Department on the security issue, he
said.

Meanwhile, services in the four of the five referral
hospitals here remained jeopardised till afternoon with
outdoor patients running from pillar to post in search of
doctors.

The situation was particularly dismal at the
super-speciality SSKM Hospital where violence by relatives of
a dead patient on Saturday triggered off a counter attack by a
section of junior doctors who beat up patients and journalists.
Following the arrest of four junior doctors of the
SSKM, their colleagues from the R G Kar Hospital, Kolkata
Medical College and the National Medical College went on a
strike crippling medical services.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had set a
noon deadline today for the junior doctors to resume work.
At a function here earlier in the day, Health Minister
Surya Kanta Mishra warned the doctors of stern action if
they failed to join duty within the deadline.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 16:43

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