Bengal Doctors Strike: Medicos relent, say Mamata Banerjee free to decide venue of meeting with them

Kolkata: Junior doctors in West Bengal relented on Sunday and stated that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was free to decide the venue of the meeting with them, but emphasized that it should be held in the open.

Banerjee had on Saturday invited the medicos for closed-door talks, but the offer was rejected by them.

Talking to the media after a two-and-half-hour-long meeting of their governing body, a spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors said, “We want to end this deadlock. We are willing to hold talks with the chief minister at a place of her choice, provided it is held in the open, in the presence of media persons, and not behind closed doors.”

The spokesperson said the venue should be roomy enough to hold representatives from all medical colleges and hospitals in the state.

Earlier, the agitators had insisted that Banerjee visit the NRS Medical College and Hospital, the epicentre of the agitation.

“We want to join our duties as early as possible in the best interests of the common people once all our demands are met with appropriately and reasonably through a dialogue.

“We are anticipating that the chief minister will be thoughtful enough to resolve the problems,” he said, adding that the strike would proceed till a solution was worked out.

Junior doctors across the state are observing a strike in protest against an assault on two of their colleagues at the NRS, allegedly by the family members of a patient who died on Monday night.

Services continued to remain affected for the sixth day on Sunday in the emergency wards, outdoor facilities and pathological units of many state-run hospitals and private medical facilities in the state, leaving several patients in the lurch.