After the doctors on-strike met with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday, the junior doctors who started the protests a week ago, have called off the strike citing that the government had assured them of providing security within 3 days time. Speaking to media, a junior doctor said:
"The government has said that security will be provided to us. Even if it does not happen in a day, it will happen soon, as assured by the Chief Minister. Since she has given us this assurance, we are respecting it and thus have called off the strike. We have been told that action will be taken within 3 days after which we will put forward our points again."
Explaining that they do not want to inconvenience patients, the junior doctors have said that they are calling off the strike instantly.
"We do not want to inconvenience the normal citizens and patients any further, thus for their sake we are calling off the strike as soon as possible - starting today," said a junior doctor adding that if there is anything patients wanted to tell, they should speak to the doctors rather than indulging in violence.
On the heels of this development, West Bengal Governor has welcomed the resolution of the impasse between the West Bengal government and the doctors, hoping doctors will resume duty.
Earlier in the day, in a major reprieve to the doctors on strike in West Bengal, the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma to deploy a nodal police officer in every hospital as she met representatives of the doctors at the Nabanna Bhavan (State Secretariat) in Kolkata. She has also accepted the proposal of doctors to set up Grievance Redressal Cell in Government Hospitals, in the meeting, according to ANI.
According to PTI, the doctors' delegation who met with Banerjee has appraised her of the problems they have been facing at medical colleges and hospitals and said they fear for their safety. West Bengal health secretary, MoS Chandrima Bhattacharya, and other state officials were present in the meeting, besides 31 junior doctors.
The meeting which had been consented to by Banerjee and the doctors on Sunday was held in the presence of only two regional news channels where she told the striking doctors that no doctor has been booked by the state government. She also said that the state government has taken adequate measures and arrested five people involved in NRS incident.
The protest which has now gained national interest was started by junior doctors across Kolkata a week 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.