Healthcare services across the country took a hit on today as the Indian Medical Association’s held a nationwide doctors’ strike in solidarity with the protesting doctors in Kolkata.
The strike by doctors all over India, seeking a safer work environment, hit healthcare services today in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu.
Non-essential services were stopped in private hospitals and only emergency cases were taken up. However, doctors in government hospitals continued to work with black badges and attended to patients. Reports said doctors doctors staged sit-in protest in various hospitals across the state as well.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had given the strike call with the withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country. IMA members will also stage a dharna at its headquarters in New Delhi.
The apex medical body, IMA, said all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am Tuesday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reportedly agreed to meet the Kolkata doctors who went on a strike on Tuesday (June 11) after one of their colleagues was assaulted by a patient’s relatives who died.
Talking to the media after a two-and-half-hour-long meeting of their governing body, a spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors said, “We are keen to end this impasse. We are ready to hold talks with the chief minister at a venue of her choice, provided it is held in the open, in the presence of media persons, and not behind closed doors.”