Centre seeks reports from Mamata Banerjee government on political violence, doctors` strike

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has declared an All India Protest Day Friday in the wake of violence against doctors in Kolkata.

Guwahati/Silchar: Alike the other parts of the nation, members of PGT Union, JDA and Students Union along with support from all the faculties and staff of Silchar Medical College Hospital (SMCH) stand in protest against the heinous attack and brutalization upon Doctors at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College in West Bengal on Thursday. The country's top medical body also announced a nationwide strike on Monday.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has appealed to the doctors all over the country to end their agitation and return to work.

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Expressing solidarity with their junior colleagues, senior doctors said that their demands were quite justified.

In solidarity, doctors across the state commenced a strike earlier this week, demanding that the government implement steps to ensure the safety and security of doctors against such attacks.

The principal and the medical superintendent of the NRS Medical College and Hospital, the epicentre of the protests, submitted their resignations on Thursday night. She has to apologise for what she said yesterday.

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Also, almost 100 doctors of the NRS Medical College and Hospital - the epicentre of the protests are also opting for resignation, an official revealed.

97 doctors from the R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital tendered mass resignation and came out of the healthcare unit, leaving hundreds of patients admitted unattended. It also demanded legislation to safeguard doctors.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought a report from the West Bengal government on growing incidents of political violence in the State. Patients at government-run and private hospitals will bear the brunt of the likely nationwide shutdown of medical facilities. "It is requested that a detailed report be sent urgently on the representations and the ongoing strike by the doctors".

Joint secretary of IMA Jharkhand Dr Santosh Gupta said OPD services were also affected in the first half in several other hospitals including Kantilal Gandhi Memorial Hospital (managed by Medica) in Bistupur, Sadar Hospital in Khasmahal, ESI Hospital in Adityapur, and Brahmananda Narayana Multispeciality Hospital in Tamolia.

A complete shutdown of all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits, in some hospitals till 5 PM today has been imposed.

As part of the protest, the doctors stayed away from attending out-patient departments (OPDs) and operation theaters (OTs), Bhagwati Chandra Verma, president, Junior Doctors Association (JUDA) said.

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