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On Saturday, Chief Minister and Health Minister Mamata Banerjee held a press conference and said she had waited for the delegation of the striking doctors scheduled to meet her at the Nabanna, none had turned. She said, “I waited for over five-hours for them as a very senior delegation of doctors on Friday had met me to find a solution to the stalemate situation and I respect their sentiments”.
Minutes later, a representative of the junior doctors issued a press statement stating their strike will continue and Mamata Banerjee is only trivialising the situation.
The stalemate situation at various government hospitals remains unchanged after a representative of striking doctors in Kolkata’s NRS Medical Collage and Hospital in the afternoon made it clear that they will not meet state chief minister and health minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna. The press briefing said, “We are apprehensive of the four people meeting to resolve the situation behind closed doors at Nabanna”. They demanded Banerjee should come and talk to them in full transparency.
However, in a positive stand, Dr. Santanu Sen, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) had visited the striking doctors at the NRS and requested the junior doctors to meet the chief minister and respect the initiative taken by her. He maintained that strike or protest will lead to no solution. Dr. Sen, raised a prudent point that many in the crowd are not from the medical fraternity are trying to politicize the situation, he requested them to stop doing such things as it will only escalate the situation.