West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
The ongoing tussle between the Mamata government and the junior doctors of the state is not seems to be getting over soon. Despite Banerjee's ultimatum, the agitating doctors continued their stir. A joint platform of doctors met Governor K N Tripathi, who appealed them to resume duties.
Not only the opposition parties attacked Banerjee over the impasse, one well-known TMC supporter lashed out at the state government. Dr Shabba Hakim, Kolkata Mayor and TMC leader Bobby Hakim’s daughter who is also a doctor denounced Mamata government even as the West Bengal CM claimed BJP was giving it a communal colour.
She said she was 'ashamed to be a TMC supporter', said the police didn't do anything when 'two truckloads of goons' turned up and wondered why police didn't call for backup.
Here is the full text of her post:
For those who do not know Doctors in government and most private hospitals are boycotting OPD but are still working in emergency. Unlike other professions we can’t just decide not to work because at the end of the day we have humanity.
If there was a bus or taxi strike not one taxi driver or bus driver would provide you with any service no matter how dire the situation.
For those saying “Ono Rugider ki dosh?” Please question the government as in why the police officers posted in government hospitals do little to nothing to protect doctors? Please question them that when 2 truckload of goon showed up why wasn’t back up sent immediately?
Please question why goons are still surrounding hospitals and beating up doctors?
We have a right to peaceful protest.
We have a right to safety at work.
P.S. as a TMC supporter I am deeply ashamed at the inaction and the silence of our leader.
Striking junior doctors across West Bengal on Thursday refused to end their stir till their demands on security in government hospitals are met and defied a deadline set by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who came down heavily on the protesters alleging that opposition BJP and CPI(M) were provoking them and giving communal colour to the issue.
Emergency wards, outdoor facilities, pathological units of many state-run medical colleges and hospitals and a number of private medical facilities in the state remained closed for the third day due to the strike by the doctors who are protesting after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured at the NRS Medical College and Hospital here by a mob following the death of a patient.
The India Medical Association has declared "All India Protest Day" on Friday against the incident and expressed solidarity with the striking doctors. The opposition attacked Banerjee over the impasse, with the BJP accusing her of acting as "Hitler".
There was high drama as the chief minister reached the state-run SSKM hospital here at around noon amid slogans of "we want justice" by the doctors. "I condemn the agitation. The junior doctors' strike is a conspiracy by the CPI(M) and the BJP," Banerjee, who also holds the health and family welfare portfolio, said and directed the police to clear the premises and only allow patients to stay.
She gave the doctors a four-hour deadline to rejoin service, but later revised it to 2 pm. Warning of strict action against those who do not resume work, she said they will have to vacate hostels.
"We will continue with our agitation till our demands are fulfilled. Our demands are simple... proper security with armed policemen at all hospitals, arrest of culprits involved in the NRS attack on Saturday under non-bailable sections,
"We did not expect the chief minister to say what she did," a member of the delegation said.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, however alleged that outsiders had entered medical colleges and hospitals to create disturbances.