KOLKATA: The protesting doctors in West Bengal on Monday called off their week-long stir following assurances of safety by the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee.
An assurance to call off the strike came at a meeting Banerjee held with representatives of the striking doctors at the state secretariat.
She also directed Kolkata Police commissioner Anuj Sharma to deploy a nodal police officer in every hospital.
Mamata Banerjee has asked officials to start a state-wide emergency number and email id to report an assault.
"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the CM. After an enormous movement, the meeting and discussions with our CM met a logical end," the doctors said while addressing the press.
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all sisters, juniors, patients, common people, intelligentsia and medical fraternity of the country who spontaneously extended their support and made this movement possible. We hope to maintain this unity in future”, Junior doctors of the NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata said.
Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since June 11 after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured allegedly by relatives of a patient who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.
In a show of solidarity with their counterparts in Bengal, medical practitioners across the country have chosen to keep away from work.