Bengaluru: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday condemning the assault on doctors in West Bengal said “I condemn the attack on the doctors and request the doctors on strike today to ensure that their protest is peaceful and does not cause any problems to the patients.”
Kumaraswamy in a tweet said, ” Assault on anyone is unacceptable. I condemn the attack on the doctors and request the doctors on strike today to ensure that their protest is peaceful and does not cause any problems to the patients. #DoctorStrike #DoctorsProtest ”
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has given the call for the nationwide strike on Monday with the withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country in the wake of the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal.
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, medical practitioners across the country have chose not to work, leaving patients in the lurch.
The apex medical body, IMA, has demanded a comprehensive central law in dealing with violence on doctors and healthcare staff. Security measures and the determinants leading to violence should also be addressed, it said in a statement.