Medicos join cease work, services hit

AGARTALA:

Expressing solidarity with their Kolkata counterparts, doctors at GBP, IGM, TMC and others Hospitals today shut OPD facility and went for a daylong token strike.

“We are fully in support of our colleagues in West Bengal and strongly protest against the growing tendency of violence against doctors. As a support of our solidarity, OPD clinics at the hospital will remain closed today”, said the medicos, who staged a sit-in-protest holding placards.

A large number of doctors gathered outside the AGMC and GBP Hospital with banners, posters and placards to express solidarity with the doctors who were assaulted in Kolkata. “We are demanding adequate protection”, they added. The services, however, resumed in the evening.

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 last.

Recently, a resident surgeon of IGM Hospital- Dr Dipankar Debnath was thrashed by a group of people in public. He was left unconscious in front of City Centre. The attack on the medico came after a pregnant woman died during labour at the hospital. Relatives of the deceased blamed negligence of doctors for the death and attacked Dr Debnath. The then Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman also surrendered his escorts seeking adequate security coverage for the medicos. Later, Chief Minister Biplab Deb warned attackers involved in thrashing of doctors of strict action.