Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is meeting with 24 representatives of the striking junior doctors at the state secretariat, in the presence of the media.
The doctors — who want to end the impasse – had insisted on a public negotiation. The strike, called after a junior doctor was assaulted by the relatives of a deceased patient, has spread.
Rajiv Sinha, the health secretary of the state said that the government is deploying additional 125 police personnel inside NRS hospital to enhance security.
The CM on the other hand has instructed Anuj Sharma, the commissioner of police to deploy a nodal officer at every hospital.
CM Mamata in the meeting said that she has suggested that there shouldn’t be more than two relatives inside the emergency. She has also urged to frame a package to set up reinforced gates at emergency departments.
There would be dedicated Public Relations personnel at district level hospitals to interact with patient relatives instead of the doctors. She assured that there wouldn’t be any false cases against the doctors.
The doctors attending the meeting said that they have full faith in the state administration and it will protect doctors. The doctors added that they are working under tremendous fear and apprehension, therefore they had to call the agitation.
Hoping that the attackers would get strict punishment, they also appealed to the chief minister to visit the injured doctors.