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Doctors’ protest: West Bengal Governor Tripathi says Mamata’s unresponsive

West Bengal Governor Tripathi says Mamata’s unresponsive

Shubhadeep Choudhury                                                                          
Tribune News Service                                                                            
Kolkata, June 16

West Bengal’s Raj Bhavan has Keshari Nath Tripathi has accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of being “non-responsive” to his efforts of trying to resolve the ongoing standoff between her government and junior doctors.  

A communique issued from the Raj Bhavan said 84-year-old Tripathi wrote to Mamata Banerjee expressing his “sadness at her non- responsiveness to his efforts to talk to her”.

Tripathi said he had written to Banerjee on Friday about the protesting doctors’ grievances and demands. According to the Raj Bhavan communique, Tripathi had promised doctor’s associations that he would flag their issues with the state government when they met him recently. 

The Governor also appealed to the doctors to resume working, added the communique. 

In the letter he wrote on Friday, Tripathi told the Chief Minister she should meet the protesters to offer them adequate security and tell them she would look into their grievances. 

“I understand that no meeting with agitating Doctors has been held by the government till now,” Tripathi wrote, adding that he should be kept updated about the state government’s actions in the issue.

Mamata however refused to answer the Governor’s questions. She however said that she agreed with Tripathi and that she had already spoken to the Governor on the subject.

The protest, which entered its sixthy day on Sunday, began at the state-run NRS Hospital on Tuesday morning bringing the regular services to a standstill, after a junior doctor was allegedly beaten up by the kin of a 75-year-old patient who died there last week.

The family members of the deceased patient accused the hospital of medical negligence. An intern named Paribaha Mukherjee sustained a serious skull injury in the attack and was admitted in the intensive care unit of the Institute of Neurosciences.

With improvement in his condition, Mukherjee has been shifted to the general bed and will be released from the hospital soon.

The incident has enraged sparked protests across the country. Doctors have been demanding a safer working environment given a rising number of cases involving violence against doctors.

Doctors in All India Institute of Medical Sciences—one of the country’s foremost and busiest medical institutes—held protests against the incident, and patients being turned away from the hospital. Similar protests were witnessed across the country, affecting daily work. Some hospitals meanwhile chose not to halt work but wore black bands in solidarity with the protesters.

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