Bengal doctors' strike: Patients suffer across state
The fight between the junior doctors and the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has left thousands of patients waiting to be cured and treated.
The long queues at the hospitals may have disappeared but the the number of patients in waiting line has multiplied. Many patients, referred from district hospitals, are still waiting for a doctor to respond to their emergency.
Shariful Islam Mondal, a father waiting with his son for getting treatment said, "The patient is admitted in the Behrampore, Murshidabad hospital. The patient got unconscious, after which we were informed that we need to take the patient to Kolkata."
"Water has accumulated in the patient's head and there is a fracture. There were no proper means of treatment there hence the patient was transferred to Kolkata. We went to a medical college, and then to another. We have been sitting outside and waiting. The patient is in a serious condition. We took him to a nursing home and they said that around Rs 1.5 to 2 lakhs will be required for the treatment. We are poor people and don't have that kind of money. The patient cannot be treated there, hence we brought him here, but we are still waiting."
Travelling from Midnapore to Kolkata, Chanda Saha said, "The patient has suffered from brain hemorrhage and a brain stroke. He has not recovered yet. It has been twenty days now and these people are asking us to take the patient somewhere else. They have declared a 'no-work-day' again. We don't know what to do."
Shiekh Javed, an electrician and a patient from South 24 Parganas said, "We have come from Sonarpur. The patient had an accident and his hand is injured. We had admitted him on June 14 but since then he has only been receiving saline and no other examination has been done. There are no doctors inside. The patient is not getting any treatment."