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300 doctors quit jobs in West Bengal; IMA calls for nation-wide bandh on Monday

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New Delhi| The protest of doctors across the country doesn’t seem to end any sooner. Instead, the protest has only spread across the country with major hospitals in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad joining in.

The Indian Medical Association has called for a bandh on Monday across India. On Friday, nearly 300 doctors resigned from the government hospitals in West Bengal only. This followed after the senior faculty at the NRS Medical hospital submitted mass resignation after the attack on a colleague earlier this week in Kolkata.

The DMA condemned the attack and expressed solidarity to the injured doctors. The Indian Medical Association had declared “All India Protest Day” on Friday against the incident. Services are badly affected due to the scarcity of doctors, who refuse to call their strike off. All the OPDs are shut, and only emergency cases are taken in.

The protests started after an incident on Monday. On Monday night, Mohammed Shahid, a resident of Tangra, passed away at the NRS Medical College and Hospital. Soon after, family members of the deceased reached the hospital around 11 pm and clashed with the junior doctors on duty. The violent clashes turned the hospital premises into a battleground on Monday night and the morning after as doctors claimed that over 200 people landed up at the facility. Family members of the deceased patient were upset over his death and alleged that Shahid died due to medical negligence. They also said that the body was not handed over to them on time.

Two junior doctors, who were facing protests by the patient’s family, were left injured in the violent clashes. Paribha Mukhopadhyay, one of the two doctors, suffered a skull fracture when a brick hurled by the protesters landed on his head. Medical reports suggest Mukhopadhyay suffered a deep injury on his head but is stable at the moment.
The incident has sparked outrage and the junior doctors are demanding protection from such incidents. Several junior doctors in Kolkata started 1protesting on Thursday only. after which, chief minister Mamata Banerjee warned the doctors to get back to work or face consequences. She also gave them a deadline of 4 PM but instead of returning to work the doctors defied her orders and continued the protest. Some junior doctors even alleged that TMC workers are forcibly quelling the protests.

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