The doctors’ strike that started in Kolkata on 12th June 2019, has spread to the entire country with doctors across the country boycotting work and staging protests.
Maharashtra: Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune protests at KEM Hospital over violence against doctors. pic.twitter.com/9QIPkn0vTm— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2019
Here’s a timeline of the protests and what has happened so far.
10th June 2019: Clashes broke out between doctors and relatives of a patient at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata after the said patient died.
The family members alleged that the patient died due to medical negligence. Two junior doctors were critically injured in the incident.
12th June 2019: Healthcare services in West Bengal came to a halt as the junior doctors in multiple hospitals joined hands in solidarity and protested against the attack.
13th June 2019: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued a warning for the junior doctors who were calling for a strike and asked them to get back to work.
The same day, protests expanded to other parts of the country, including AIIMS Delhi and the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) declared it a Black Day.
The doctors even wore bandages and helmets to work as a sign of protest.
Delhi: Members of Resident Doctors’ Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) work wearing helmets & bandages, as a mark of protest against “worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal.” pic.twitter.com/Fgrv6Jtjdq— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2019
Indian Medical Association declares All India protest today in solidarity with resident doctors across the country pic.twitter.com/Rt7h81vHJf— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) June 14, 2019
14th June 2019: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also urged doctors around the country to protest and wear black badges as a sign of protest.
More than 200 doctors from across West Bengal submitted their resignation and demanded an apology from CM Mamata Banerjee. The Indian Medical Association also launched a three-day nationwide protest to express solidarity with the doctors agitating against the attack on their colleagues in West Bengal.
Assam: Doctors at Guwahati Medical College hold protest against violence against doctors in West Bengal. pic.twitter.com/hniRAAUab2— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2019
15th June 2019: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee met senior doctors and later invited them for talks to end the impasse but they declined the offer and demanded an apology from her.
16th June 2019: Doctors in several states decided that non-essential medical services would be withdrawn for 24 hours starting 6 AM on Monday.
17th June 2019: Mamata Banerjee called a meeting with the doctors who want to end the impasse.
The junior doctors on protest in #WestBengal are likely to boycott the meeting with #MamataBanerjee even if it is recorded as the government has not yet agreed to the presence of media during the talks.— Firstpost (@firstpost) June 17, 2019
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