Doctors on strike, stage protests in several districts across the country to support strike in Bengal

Doctors are on strike and staging protests in several cities and districts across the country against the incidents in West Bengal’s NRS Medical College and Hospital.

Resident Doctors’ Association of Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi held a protest over violence against doctors in Bengal.

Protests were also held in Nagpur, Raipur and Hyderabad.

Patients and their relatives waited outside the OPD at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences as the Resident Doctors Association went on strike today morning.

Striking junior doctors across West Bengal on Thursday refused to end their stir till they are provided adequate security in government hospitals and defied a deadline set by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who alleged that opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Communist Party of India-Marxist were instigating the protesters as part of a ‘conspiracy’ and giving communal colour to the issue.

Relative of a patient visiting AIIMS said, “My mother’s dialysis was scheduled for today, we were told to go and get it done from somewhere else.”

Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) also announced strike Friday over violence against doctors in Bengal.

‘We are shutting down our OPD, ward and academic services from 8 am to 5 pm today. Emergency services will not be hampered,’ official statement from MARD said.

Prashant Choudhary, president of MARD at Sion Hospital in Mumbai said, “A mob assaulted doctors on duty at a hospital in West Bengal, when a targeted attack like this happens it becomes a law and order issue. Today, we are doing a silent protest over the incident.”

In Hyderabad, doctors at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences held a protest march over violence against doctors at West Bengal.