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 Hospital.

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," Bhattacharjee said.

"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 patients.

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.

PTI

Lahore: Pakistani security agencies have revealed that over the past few months they have seized over 67,000 kilogrammes of explosives in Karachi and Lahore.

The agencies said that they had also found smart third generation bombs, anti-aircraft guns, grenades, suicide vests and lethal chemicals, which could have been used to kill thousands of people.

Talking about the major crackdowns, a top Pakistani intelligence official said that it prevented al Qaeda and its affiliated groups from carrying out “mass genocide and slaughter” of civilians.

However, the official warned that al Qaeda-linked terrorist attacks were still expected “from Karachi to the Tribal Areas”.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that al Qaeda has now gradually shifted its base from North Waziristan to urban areas of Pakistan.

The group has also cemented alliances with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and is even funding various sectarian groups in Punjab and Sindh, the Daily Times reports.

ANI