West Bengal Doctors call off strike after safety assurances

Vastavam web: Doctors in West Bengal called off a strike late on Monday after authorities promised improved hospital security, ending a week-long dispute that had spread to other parts of the country and crippled medical services. The protests began last week after three junior doctors were seriously injured in an attack by family members of a relative who had died at the NRS Medical College in Kolkata.

“We are calling off the stir as the CM (Chief Minister) has assured zero tolerance with regard to assaults on doctors,” one junior doctor told a late-night news conference. He did not give his name. “We will get back to our duty as early as possible,” said a second junior doctor who also gave no name. But on Monday she relented and promised better infrastructure at government hospitals, which suffer from a lack of facilities and poor hygiene standards.

Banerjee also visited one of the injured junior doctors and her meeting with the striking medics was streamed live on television.