WB doctors’ strike heats Delhi, AIIMS doctors boycott work to support

New Delhi: The political battle started in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal is now becoming a battle for the system. There is an anger in the medical association by the scrimmage incident with a junior doctor here, doctors have gone on strike, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is attacker on doctors. The impact of the strike of doctors in Bengal has now started to appear in other parts of the country.

In many parts of the country including Delhi, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, doctors have refused to work. A press conference will be held from DMA today at Rajghat in Delhi. In many cities, doctors are performing in the street and are sloganeering. Due to the strike of doctors, the crisis has broken down on patients.

Thousands of patients in the national capital were hit hard after the doctors at AIIMS Delhi halted health services in support of Kolkata counterparts today. Junior doctors in Kolkata have been on strike after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured over an issue of alleged negligence at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday.

“My sister was supposed to go for eye surgery. She has a tumour in one of her eyes. We reached the hospital as per the given time but the room was locked. The staff at the hospital said that the doctors are on strike. I don’t know what when this strike would end,” said Mohammed Arif, a resident of Delhi. Santosh Kumar also narrated his ordeal and said due to strike they are forced to take treatment for his mother from a private hospital and being a poor he cannot afford it.

“I am poor and have come from a very far place. Doctors here are on strike. My mother is having a kidney problem. They told me to take her to a private hospital for the dialysis. I am poor and cannot afford it,” Kumar said. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday, while condemning the “recent incidents of violence”, urged patients and their caregivers to exercise restraints. The minister also assured that he will take up the matter with the chief ministers of states so that such incidents can be avoided in the future.