Kolkata: After gaining nationwide impact, the violence on junior doctors’ at Nil Ratan Sarkar Hospital of Kolkata crossed the border and the movement drew prompt stimulation in Pakistan. Condemning the attack that took place on Tuesday, Young Doctors’ Association Of Pakistan expressed solidarity to the protesting students and supported the Junior Doctors’ strike, continuing for last five days.
India-Pakistan have been maintaining a complex alliance at diplomatic level due to a number of historical and political events. Lately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP aircraft did not fly over Pakistan airspace on way to Bishkek for SCO Summit.
Amid all these, a part of doctor fraternity in Pakistan conveyed empathy towards the NRS junior doctors on the demands.
The President of Young Doctors Association Of Pakistan, Dr. Qasim Awan said that, “Pakistani young doctors fully support the stance of young doctors of India and extend full and every type of support in all circumstances. Young doctors of Pakistan strongly condemns the irresponsible attitude and statement of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”
On the other hand, spokesperson of the association Dr. Umar Sharif said, “Policemen have to fight criminals and that’s why they have to face armed goons. But doctors have to save lives and they are not on duty against armed goons.”
The media cell head Of YDA Pakistan, Dr. Akhib Javed Malghani said that, “It’s duty of the state to provide fool proof security and conducive environment for young doctors working all the day long.” Protesting against the brutal attack on two junior doctors by the family members of a dead patient at the NRS on Monday night, doctors across the state have stopped working in most government hospitals in the state since Wednesday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday afternoon visited Kolkata’s SSKM Hospital where she gave the agitating doctors a four-hour ultimatum to withdraw their ongoing strike and warned of “strong action” if the situation was not normalised within the deadline.
The junior doctors have been agitating since Tuesday demanding security for themselves in government hospitals, 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 here.
West Bengal’s medical services were paralysed from June 12, after junior doctors were assaulted in Nilratan Sarkar Medical College (NRS) on Monday night following the death of a septuagenarian. This was followed by mass resignations and nationwide protests by medical practitioners.
Reporting: Souptik Banerjee