In a huge development in the incidence of striking doctors in West Bengal, the Principal and Medical Superintendent/Vice-Principal of NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata have resigned.
Professor Saibal Kumar Mukherjee who is the Principal and Professor Saurabh Chattopadhyay who is the Medical Superintendent/Vice-Principal said in their letters of resignation that they have quit as they could not resolve the crisis situation at the college. The junior doctors have been protesting in the state since a week after an intern doctor in the college in Kolkata was physically assaulted by a patient's family after he died on Monday.
Below are their letters of resignation:
The doctors from the college have been on a strike in the state since a week after a junior doctor was physically assaulted by a patient's family after he died on Monday. The numbers of protesting doctors had swell to 2000 by Thursday as junior doctors across the city including private firms extended their support for the protest, bringing the out-patient departments of many hospitals to a standstill.
Ten doctors from Sagar Dutta Medical College and Hospital have resigned and their letters of resignation have been received by the Bengal Health Department.
Mamata Banerjee had addressed the protest earlier on Thursday where she warned the doctors to resume their duties within the next four hours and threatened to have their hostels vacated if they refused to do so. She also called the matter a conspiracy by the BJP and the Left.
Following this, three assistant professors, one professor, and four doctors have resigned from Sagar Dutta Hospital, say sources. The doctors on strike also defied her order and said the agitation will continue till their demands related to their security in government hospitals are met.
A team of doctors met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan over the issue and said the chief minister's reaction to their protest was unexpected.
"We will continue with our agitation till our demands are fulfilled. We have spoken to the Governor. He listened to us and hopefully will speak to the chief minister," one of the junior doctors told reporters outside the Raj Bhavan after meeting Tripathi.