WB: Indefinite strike by junior doctors enter third day
Kolkata: With the indefinite ceasework by junior doctors at the state-run premier SSKM hospital entering the third day and spreading to other hospitals, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Monday warned of action.
"If this continues then the government will have to take action," Bhattacharjee told doctors on indefinite ceasework demanding security after the assault on a colleague following the death of a patient in the emergency ward of the SSKM
The ceasework has spread to the National Medical College and Hospital, another state-run hospital.
"The question of safety and security is definitely
important and everybody has the right of safety and security,
but that what is going on in the name of this is not correct,"
"Just as doctors have a right to safety and security so
do the patients," he said.
Last night five junior doctors were arrested for
allegedly assaulting relatives of patients who were denied
admission in the emergency and casualty blocks at the SSKM Hospital, police said.
Cases have been registered under two non-bailable
sections of the IPC against the junior doctors, they said.
SSKM authorities have convened an emergency meeting to
review the situation which has inconvenienced hundreds of
The health secretary has also called an emergency meeting
of heads of medical colleges in the metropolis to discuss
measures on security of junior doctors and other staff.