In Solidarity With Bengal Docs, Medical Services To Remain Shut In Assam On June 17

Nationwide Doctor's strike on June 17th, 2019
In Assam, along with the above-mentioned hospitals, corporate hospitals and clinics will remain closed. Photo: TIME8
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Guwahati, June 15, 2019

Extending solidarity with the doctors who got injured in the mob attack in Kolkata’s Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College on June 10th, 2019, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a nationwide strike on June 17th, 2019.

The strike will start from 6 am on June 17th, 2019 and will continue till 6 am on June 18th, 2019. All emergency and non-emergency services will be exempted from the strike and all doctors in government, private, public sector will participate in the strike.

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In Assam, along with the above-mentioned hospitals, corporate hospitals and clinics will remain closed. Routine diagnostic services will also remain suspended, stated the IMA Assam state head office. Dr Satyajit Borah, State President and Dr Hemanga Baishya, Hon. State Secretary, IMA Assam Branch, informed that all emergency services are exempted from the strike.

The apex body of doctors in India also renewed its demand for a central law to check violence against healthcare workers in hospitals and stressed on that the law should provide a minimum sentence of seven-year jail to violators of the law.

The World Medical Association has also passed a resolution against violence on healthcare establishments and urged to bring stronger legislation against this menace.

The mob attack broke out after an 80-year-old patient identified as Mohammad Syed died in the NRS Hospital on June 10th, 2019 following which the relatives of the deceased attacked the doctors alleging negligence on part of the doctors. Following the clash, two junior doctors were left with serious injuries.

It may be mentioned, healthcare services at the private and government hospitals across the country got affected on June 14th, 2019 as scores of doctors boycotted the day in solidarity with the Kolkata doctors.