Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has written a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urging her to ensure an amicable end to the doctor's agitation and provide a secure working environment to them.
He stated that the ongoing strike is causing severe hardship to the patients across the country and has adversely impacted health care services.
In the morning, Dr. Harsh Vardhan met a delegation of resident doctors association of AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Federation of Resident Doctors Association which gave a representation to him on the violence against doctors in West Bengal.
The Minister said, he will discuss the matter of providing safety to hospitals with the Home Ministry and also take up this matter with the Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of other States so that such incidents can be avoided in the future and doctors are provided a safe work environment.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan also urged all patients and their family members to support doctors in performing their duties and professional pursuits in a peaceful and dedicated manner and not to resort to violence. He said, doctors, are an integral pillar of society and often work under stressful and difficult conditions.
In Chandigarh, over 1200 resident doctors at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) held a demonstration to express solidarity with their counterparts protesting in KolKata.
The functioning of the OPDs was partially hit due to the protest. The President of Association of Resident Doctors at the PGIMER claimed all emergency services functioned normally as doctors on duty in an emergency did not join the protest. Our correspondent reports the protest lasted for five hours and after 1 p.m. doctors returned to their duties.
In government hospitals of Punjab and Haryana, the doctors also wore black ribbons to protest against the Kolkata incident. A demonstration was also held at Government Rajendra Hospital in Patiala. Similar protests have been reported from Faridabad, Sirsa and Bathinda. (AIR NEWS)