Doctors' strike: AIIMS Delhi doctors withdraw strike call for Monday
In a latest turn of events, the protesting doctors at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi have announced that they will be withdrawing the strike call for Monday. The doctors cited patient care for calling off the strike.
However, the protest will continue to support Kolkata doctors despite calling off the strike, the doctors said.
In a press release, the AIIMS Delhi doctors said, "Keeping patient care in the center, hospital services would not be disrupted and shall continue as usual for now. In case the lock-jam does not end, we will be forced to resort to escalation of the protest."
The press release also mentioned that the doctors were hopeful that the Bengal government would accept all the demands of the junior doctors in Kolkata and end the logjam as soon as possible.
The doctors also said, "We remain dedicated to the primary reason why we entered this profession in the first place, to serve humanity to our fullest potential. Yet the question for our dignity and security remains."
The release also said that they will not allow the disinterested attitude of authorities to undermine them and that they will continue to fight.
"Notwithstanding the illogical and disinterested attitude of authorities everywhere to undermine us, we shall continue to fight," the doctors said in the press release.
Patients in Delhi faced hardships due to protests by doctors in solidarity with their striking colleagues in Kolkata, spread to several government hospitals.
Earlier today, junior doctors protesting in Kolkata agreed to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but demanded that the meeting be held in the open. Strikes are being held by doctors in West Bengal and other Indian states after two doctors at the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital (NRSMCH) were attacked by the family members of a patient, who died.