Kolkata hospital violence: Dr Harsh Vardhan asks doctors to return on duties
New Delhi : Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday requested doctors to call off their protest and return on duties.
He said, “I’d like to assure all doctors that the government is committed towards their safety. I appeal to doctors to hold symbolic protests only and continue to carry out their duties.”
His appeal came on a day when doctors from government hospital refused to go on work, standing in solidarity with their counterparts in Kolkata. Two junior doctors were brutally thrashed by family members of a patient at the NRS Hospital days ago.
He added, “I appeal to West Bengal CM to not make this an issue of prestige. She gave the doctors an ultimatum, as a result, they got angry and went on strike. Today, I will write to Mamata Banerjee ji and will also try to speak to her on this issue.”
The doctors’ strike that started in Kolkata earlier this week has now spread across India with the doctors’ association of AIIMS showing full support to their West Bengal colleagues.