Protest continues in Kolkata after patient’s kin attacked doctor

Doctor’s protest in Kolkata entered its fourth day after medical practitioners of state hospitals refuse to go into practice in protest for the assault on a junior doctor.

The protest erupted on Monday evening after a junior doctor at the NRS Medical College was seriously injured by the family members of  a deceased patient who allegedly passed away due to medical negligence.

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The young Doctor suffered severe head injuries and is in critical care at a private hospital.

Several Private hospitals and their staff have also shown their support for the protest, and joined in solidarity for the community of Doctors under threat.

The NRS medical officials reported a violent clash on the night of the attack, where more people joined the family in the morning against the Doctor’s in charge of the case.

 Hospitals say their emergency departments will continue working, but will be affected by the low attendance of preceding Doctors.

Several security forces and members of the police department of the state were also attacked by the mob. After the attacks, the state government promised security to the junior doctors but the protests were not called off.

Chandrima Bhattacharya, West Bengal’s Health Minister said in a statement that four people accused have been arrested over the assault on the doctors. “Emergency is open and talks are on. Four persons have been arrested in connection over attack on doctors,” she added.

The protests in Kolkata strike a cord in the political equilibrium of the city, as opposition party members choose to take the role of responsibility as Chief Minister, Mamta Banerjee is accused of detachment from the protest in lieu of other priorities.

Meanwhile, Congress MP, Adhir Chowdhury, has sent in a plea of concern to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention into the protests that have disrupted healthcare services in West Bengal.


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