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Odisha Doctors Show Solidarity With Agitating Doctors In West Bengal


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14 June 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar came in support of the striking medicos in Kolkata, who are protesting the brutal assault on two of their colleagues.

Over 500 resident doctors, junior and interns of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar started a day-long strike on Friday, though emergency services at the premier health institute remained unaffected. 'Save the Saviours’ was the call of protest. 

"Physical violence along with government apathy is unacceptable for any individual in the country. The repeated acts of barbarism have propelled pan-India strike and support to our young brothers and sisters, who constitute the biggest man power to any government health institute," the Association said in a press statement.

Students of Cuttack SCB Medical College and Hospital and Odisha Medical Students Association also took out a march in Cuttack on Thursday to protest against the brutal assault on fellow medicos of West Bengal. In turn, medical services were nominally hit in the State.

Around 80,000 doctors across the country supported the “All India Protest Day” declared by India Medical Association on Friday against the attack on doctors in Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal.

The protests erupted at the state-run NRS Hospital on Tuesday morning bringing the regular services to a standstill, after a junior doctor was allegedly beaten up by the kin of a 75-year-old patient who died there late on Monday night.

The family members of the deceased patient alleged medical negligence. An intern named Paribaha Mukherjee sustained a serious skull injury in the attack and was admitted in the intensive care unit of the Institute of Neurosciences.

With improvement in his condition, Mukherjee has been shifted to the general bed and will be released from the hospital within the next two days.

Medical services in Bengal were affected for the fourth consecutive day on Friday as the outdoor patients department (OPD) continued to be shut in almost all state-run hospitals with the junior doctors continuing their protest in defiance of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s ultimatum to join the work.

 

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Dibya Sundar, Doctor

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Sourav Nanda, Doctor