The protesting doctors today called off their strike after a meeting with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The delegation of the who met with Mamata Banerjee said that the Chief Minister had “good intentions” and dubbed her a “guardian”.
The doctors suggested that the Ms. Banerjee accepted all the 10 demands of the protesting doctors. The meeting, held in presence of the media, and the meeting ran for about 90 minutes.
Below were the 10 point demands by the protesting doctors.
- Hospital security system
- Patient identification with the help of Aadhar or any other biometric
- Patients have to sign a contract which will clearly say that if any property is destroyed by the patient’s kin, the patient will have to bear the compensation otherwise he/she will be barred from getting any treatment free of cost
- If a doctor is verbally abused or physically assaulted, video footage or CCTV footage will be given to the central organisation headed by ex-SC judge and lawyers. If the CCTV footage is destroyed, hospital super will be held liable
- Fast track court specially designed to hear assault cases should be made
- Helpline for doctors by the Central govt for registering complaints against political leaders. In cases where the ruling party is found to be misusing its powers, a CBI inquiry should be ordered.
- The arrest of those who circulate hate messages against doctors on social media.
- Violation against women doctors should be made grave offense
- Counselling of all patients should be done under audio-visual surveillance
Meanwhile, all the hospitals across the nation suspended all but essential services in solidarity with the Bengal doctors today.
The Union minister Babul Supriyo said Mamata Banerjee was responsible for the medical crisis across the country. “Had Mamata not been an egotist, she should have met the injured doctors on the first day and provided then with security. But Mamata rebuked them and threatened them with ESMA,” he said.
The doctors began their strike on the 11th of June, when one of the junior doctors was assaulted by relatives of a patient that died at a Kolkata hospital.
Source : Various