Medical services hit as doctors' agitation spreads -Bindu Shajan Perappadan
Health Minister asks doctors to call off strike, urges Mamata Banerjee to resolve impasse; IMA calls nationwide strike for June 17 against assault in Kolkata hospital.
Hospital services were affected in different parts of the country on Friday as a doctors’ agitation that began in West Bengal following an assault on medical professionals spread to the national capital, Kerala, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and even Jammu and Kashmir.
While 300 doctors in West Bengal quit on Friday evening, demanding additional security and assurance of a safe work environment, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) sought to intensify a nationwide protest over the next two days and called for the withdrawal of all non-essential health services on June 17.
“The gruesome incident in NRS Medical College, Kolkata, is of barbaric nature,” the IMA said in a statement on Friday.
“The IMA condemns the violence perpetrated on a young doctor,” it added.
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