The ongoing doctors' strike has reached the next level - the Supreme Court on Friday, with a PIL being filed in the apex court over safety and security of Government Doctors across the country, according to his plea accessed by Republic TV.
In the plea, the petitioner - Supreme Court lawyer, Alakh Alok Srivastava has sought a direction from the SC for the deployment of Govt. Security personnel at each Government hospital and the formulation of strict guidelines. Srivastava has further sought strictest action against the alleged attackers who assaulted a Junior Doctor at NRS Hospital, Kolkata, as per the plea.
Here's the plea filed by Srivastava:
Earlier in the day, the Calcutta High Court had refused to pass interim order on the strike by junior doctors in state-run hospitals. It had also directed the West Bengal Government to persuade the doctors to rejoin work. Meanwhile, the agitating doctors in West Bengal have sought an unconditional apology by CM Mamata Banerjee and have set six conditions for withdrawing stir.
The protest which has now gained national interest was started by junior doctors across Kolkata two days ago, as they were protesting against the physical assault of an intern doctor at the NRS Medical college in the hands of the family of a patient who had died on Monday, June 10. 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.
Following the strike West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed the protest on June 13, warning 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 called the matter a conspiracy by the BJP and the Left.
Coming out in support of their Kolkata colleagues, Resident doctors at the AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital worked with bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest on Thursday and called for the suspension of all non-emergency services, including OPD, on June 14 to protest against the violence in Kolkata.
With West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee attaching political intentions to the protest, the doctors on strike have clarified their intentions saying: 'We aren't allowing any political party to hijack our movement. This is a doctors' movement. We are not outsiders.'
The Centre has also extended its support to the doctors with Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan Singh has said that he will be writing not only to Mamata Banerjee but also to the CMs of all states and health minister to ensure that the doctors and patients are given adequate protection in the medical premises.