Published: 14th June 2019
95 senior doctors sign resignation letter; seek unconditional apology from CM Mamata Banerjee
Their resignation comes after 18 senior medics from Sagar Dutta Hospital quit the job on Thursday
In a major blow to the health system in West Bengal as many as 95 senior medics of state-run RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, jointly signed a resignation letter on Friday, demanding an unconditional apology from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee or threatened to quit.
Their resignation comes after 18 senior medics from Sagar Dutta Hospital quit the job on Thursday, following by NRS Principal and Super, after many medics quit from North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.
The striking medics demanded an unconditional apology from the chief minister for her threat to the medics at SSKM either to join the duty within four hours (deadline ended at 2 PM on Thursday) or face punitive action, if the necessary invocation of ESMA, and eviction from hostels.
The medics at RG Kar in a joint statement said the list of resignation would rise unless the CM offered an unconditional apology.
The health system has virtually collapsed in all the government-run OPDs since Tuesday following strike by the junior medics at NRS Hospital first to protest assault on two doctors by outsiders with help of a patient party, and thereafter chain of reaction.
Meanwhile, Doctors Forum, an umbrella organisation expressed solidarity with their juniors and joined the protest march in protest against the assault on the medics and alleged government inaction against the perpetrators.
Intellectuals and artists like Aparna Sen, Kaushik Sen and others joined the students at the NRS and appealed to the CM to visit the hospital at Sealdah.