As the impasse at government medical hospitals in West Bengal enters its sixth day on Sunday, the doctors on strike have agreed on dialogue with the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, have put forth a set of ultimatum.
In a media interaction, the doctors of NRS medical college ascertained their willingness to speak to the Trinamool supremo at the venue of her choice but added that the meeting must 'accommodate representatives of all medical colleges' in West Bengal and the national media.
They said, "We leave the decision to choose the venue to such discussion with our delegates to the Chief Minister but it should accommodate representatives of all medical colleges of West Bengal and the national media. We want to join our duties as early as possible in the best interest of healthcare delivery to the common people."
"Once, all our demands are met adequately and logically through the discussions, we are hopeful that our chief minister will be considerate enough to solve the problems that our entire state is facing in the healthcare sector currently," they added.
In a press brief on Saturday, Banerjee calling for a 'peaceful solution' warned the doctors of arrests, and also stated that their demands would be met.
She said, "There should be a peaceful solution to this. If they want to talk, they can come and talk, the doors are always open for talks. There are a few constitutional post, when the government is calling you for talks and you say you don't want to come there after the incident I wanted to talk to the students, I wanted to talk to them they didn't want to talk to me."
"Yes, I got angry, a lot of you said a lot of things, but it was when I got to know a woman is on death bed and she was not given treatment. When I went there, there were sloganeering, I told the Police that don't arrest them. I kept waiting, I called junior doctors to talk, they misbehaved with me but I didn't take it to my heart. I want a solution. I kept waiting for 5 hours and all senior doctors also kept waiting. I canceled all programs and waited for them to come to us," she added.