QKolkata: Doctors’ Strike Ends; Live Telecast Of Meeting With CM

1. ‘Good Boy’ Jr Doctors Call Off Strike, Go Back To Saving Lives

The longest ceasework in recent memory in Bengal’s public-sector healthcare system ended on Monday evening, with junior doctors promising to resume duty on Tuesday morning, exactly a week after their stir crippled outpatients’ departments and severely affected emergency wards across the state.

Ultimately, it took one sentence from the “abhibhabak (guardian)” to end the stalemate in which doctors from across the country got involved. “Lokkhi chhelera, ebar tomra strike tule nao. Ekhane ektu mishti kore bolo, okhane giye ektu joralo golaye bolo (Now please withdraw your strike like good boys. Say it sweetly here even though you may have to say it a little more strongly once you return to your campus),” Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee told a team of 31 junior doctors, who represented their community, at a meeting in Nabanna on Monday evening.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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2. Mamata’s Nod To Live-Telecast Meet Helps Break Stalemate

The meeting — between chief minister Mamata Banerjeee and the agitating doctors — that promised to break the seven-day stalemate, was supposed to start at 3pm. But till around 2.45pm, uncertainty loomed over the meeting as the doctors refused to relent and stuck to their demand that the proceeding be telecast live. The state government, which walked the extra mile to accommodate all demands to pave the way for the Nabanna meeting — including agreeing to videograph the event and even livestream it online — didn’t agree to the live-telecast idea. It was finally at 2.45pm that the CM finally intervened and gave it a go-ahead. The meeting started at 4.05pm.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. Not An Embarrassment For Us: BJP

The thunderous applause from agitating junior doctors when Mamata Banerjee spoke to them at Nabanna on Monday and the end to their week-long strike scuppered the BJP’s chances to corner her politically.

The meeting between Mamata and the junior doctors — televised live — dashed the BJP’s hope that the protest could turn into her “Singur”.

Although no Bengal BJP leader was willing to admit it on record, some party functionaries privately expressed “surprise” at how easily Mamata had tackled the crisis.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi Lauds Mamata’s Initiative To End Doctors' Strike

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Monday appreciated the initiative taken by the chief minister to resolve the impasse in the healthcare and said “he hopes that the doctors will take up the work of care and treatment of patients as per the high ideals of their noble profession”.

A statement from Raj Bhavan said: “Governor Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi welcomes the resolution of crisis caused by the State-wide strike of doctors consequent upon recent incidents of violence on the doctors at NRS Medical college and Hospital. The governor is happy that amicable settlement has been arrived at the meeting held today between the chief minister and doctors. He appreciates the initiative taken by the chief minister and also the junior doctors to resolve the impasse”.

Governor also “hopes that the state government will take all the steps committed in the meeting (between the chief minister and the striking junior doctors) expeditiously”.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Doctors' Strike: Protest Sites Turn OPDs

Agitating junior doctors at several south Bengal medical colleges on Monday examined patients at makeshift outpatient departments set up near their dharna sites, providing relief to thousands on the seventh and the final day of the movement.

However, OPDs were shut at several private and government hospitals as part of a nationwide cease-work called by the Indian Medical Association on Monday.

The junior doctors at Bankura Sammiloni Medical College and Hospital arranged chairs and tables to set up an OPD and treated patients.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Doc Security On Cop Priority List

Kolkata Police is committed to implement all necessary security measures to prevent assault on doctors at government hospitals, top police officer hinted on Monday evening after a meeting at Lalbazar. The meeting was convened immediately after the junior doctors met chief minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Monday.

The cops will now focus on appointing a nodal officer, who will look after the overall security of these hospitals. An audit of all security cameras on the campuses is being carried out. The cops are also hopeful of providing an email ID where the doctor can write about their security-related grievances to Kolkata Police. A toll-free number to report security issues at government hospitals — as discussed in the meeting — will also be commissioned soon. “Once we work out the details, we will be circulating our decisions to the doctors. The commissioner might like to make the announcement,” said an IPS officer.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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7. Undertrial AIDS Patient Returns Without Treatment

A Nigerian woman, who had been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at Kolkata airport last July for trying to smuggle in drugs, was among 12 undertials who had been brought to RG Kar Medical College & Hospital by cops from the Bidhannagar Commissionerate for medical examination and treatment had to return without getting either done.

A Nigerian undertrial is an AIDS patient. She had complained of difficulty in vision and hearing as well as mild respiratory trouble. Officers from the Bidhannagar Commissionerate tried to convince doctors at the emergency ward to carry out some treatment but the doctors allegedly referred her to the out patients department that has been shut since Tuesday.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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