Bengal Doctors Strike: Medicos may meet Mamata Banerjee Monday

Kolkata/ New Delhi: Agitating doctors in West Bengal left it to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to decide the meeting venue with them but requested that it should be held in the presence of media and recorded.

The chief minister is learnt to have agreed to a meeting on Monday at an auditorium adjacent to the state secretariat.

“The chief minister has agreed to the meeting. We have invited two representatives from each medical college and hospital,” a state government source said.

Banerjee, however, is not ‘comfortable’ with their proposal of media presence inside the meeting venue, he said.

“The meeting could either be held at the auditorium or at the chief minister’s office. We have passed on this message to the junior doctors,” the source said.

Banerjee had on Saturday invited the agitators for closed-door talks, but the offer was turned down by them.

Protest at AIIMS Delhi

Resident Doctors’ Association at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi has organised a protest on Monday morning in solidarity with the Kolkata doctors who have been agitating following an alleged attack on a junior doctor in West Bengal’s capital.

The protest has been organised in front of Jawaharlal Auditorium of AIIMS New Delhi and commenced at 8 am, the doctors’ body said.

“It has been decided to resort to a protest wherein patient care services will not be hampered to ensure that the backlog of patients, including the patients affected by the strike, is addressed appropriately. A protest march shall be organised from 8 to 9 am on Monday morning in front of Jawaharlal Auditorium, AIIMS, New Delhi following which, we shall resume duties,” it said in a statement earlier.