Striking Junior Doctors rejected the invitation of President Mamata Banerjee to a State Secretariat meeting called to resolve the stalemate and, Saturday, for the fifth consecutive day they continued their protests.
The physicians, who here at NRS Medical College and Hospital protest against an attack on two of their peers, have sought out Banerjee’s unconditional apologetic and set six conditions for the state government to withdraw its stir.
“At the invitation of the chief minister, we are not going to the secretariat.She will also be required to come to the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital to apologize for her remarks during Thursday’s visit to SSKM, “said Arindam Dutta, a joint junior physician forum spokesman at PTI.
“If she can go to the SSKM she can come to the NRS too … otherwise this upheaval will continue,” said he.Banerjee who was visiting SSKM on Thursday in a state run hospital under the slogans “we want justice” argued that foreigners were disturbing the healthcare institutes and that constant uproar was a conspiracy between CPI (M) and the BJP.
In a conference called by Banerjee at the State Secretariat on Friday night, the upsetting juniors refused to participate and said it was a move to break their eye.Banerjee asked students to visit Nabanna, the state secretariat, Saturday, 5 pm, the senior physician Sukumar Mukherjee, after the protesting physicians did not show up Friday night.
Mukherjee met on Friday with other senior physicians who were not in turmoil. They met with the head minister at the secretariat for a two-hour session to resolve the continuing issue.In the course of solidarity with their agitating peers, over 300 senior physicians in multiple state health schools and hospitals have notably resigned from facilities.
Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi invited Banerjee last night for a crisis resolution conference in Raj Bhawan. But Banerjee did not react.I called her. There’s no answer from her till now. If she’s calling me up, we’ll talk about it, ‘ the governor said to journalists after visiting the attacked Paribaha Mukhopadhyay at Friday night’s hospital.
In addition, AIIMS ‘ resident doctors and Safdarjung hospital in Delhi gave Banerjee a 48-hour ultimatum to meet the demands of turbulent doctors, who would go on an indefinite strike if they didn’t tell them.