Doctors in Guwahati participate in nationwide strike

Doctors in Guwahati participate in nationwide strike

Doctors in Guwahati participate in nationwide strike

While the doctors said the Chief Minister had "good intentions" and dubbed her a "guardian", Ms Banerjee accepted their demands, suggesting a 10-point plan to ensure security at the hospitals.

Health care across India could be affected on Monday as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has announced in a country-wide call that all services related to OPDs, routine operation theatre and ward visits will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6am on Monday.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory, seeking a report on the ongoing stir and stating that it had received a number of representations from the medical fraternity from different parts of the country for their safety and security in view of the strike in West Bengal.

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Prior to the government climb down, the doctors had stuck to their point that they will reach the state Secretariat Nabanna once they get an official confirmation of live media coverage of the meeting.

The representatives of the joint forum of junior doctors also sought exemplary punishment for those involved in the assault on doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital on 11 June.

Hundreds of junior doctors had offered to resign on Friday. "We will not meet behind closed doors", the agitating doctors said. "We are hopeful that the chief minister will be considerate enough to solve the problems", he said, adding that the strike would continue till a solution was worked out.

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The nationwide strike, which will last until Tuesday morning, is in solidarity with doctors in the eastern state of West Bengal after three were viciously attacked by the relatives of a man who died.

On Monday, doctors in the state were due to discuss the strike with Ms Mamata Banerjee, the state premier and fierce Modi opponent.

Amid protests, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had on Saturday written to the chief ministers of all States and Union Territories directing them to take strict action against persons assaulting medical practitioners.

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Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital as well as Delhi government facilities such as GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital will not function on Monday.

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