"Over 40,000 doctors and other medical practitioners in Maharashtra have made a decision to support their colleagues in West Bengal who are protesting against their Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee", an IMA official said. "We have made a decision to give time to the state government to implement our proposals raised in the meeting", a representative of the striking doctors said at the state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital.
"Emergent Executive Committee Meeting convened chose to support the call given by IMA for withdrawal of non-essential services on 17th June (Monday) for 24 hours (6am to 6am) to protest against violence against doctors and hospitals".
Hundreds of thousands of doctors across India went on strike on Monday demanding better working conditions, the country's top medical body said, as the outrage over lax security conditions at hospitals escalated. The protestors had insisted that Banerjee visit NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata to hold talks with them.
"We withdraw our strike after our meeting with the Chief Minister".
It should be noted that extending their support, doctors and students of Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) also staged a protest and took part in a demonstration at the GMCH premises on Friday, June 14. She also stressed that a group of doctors had met her and expressed their willingness to join duty, a claim vehemently refuted by the striking doctors.
The state government had earlier turned down the striking doctors' demand for live telecast of the meeting, scheduled to be held later in the day. We do not want a closed door meeting with the CM. The services continue to remain affected in the emergency wards, outdoor facilities and pathological units of many state-run hospitals and private medical facilities in the state, leaving several patients in the lurch.
Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since June 11 after two of their colleagues were reportedly attacked in Kolkata.
She said the state government has taken adequate measures and arrested five people involved in NRS incident.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday asked states to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals from any form of violence.