Kolkata, June 15: Agitating junior doctors on Saturday turned down West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal to end their stir and resume duty, saying there was no honest effort on her part to break the deadlock.
“We are eagerly waiting to rejoin our duty, but from the Chief Minister’s side there is no honest initiative to find a solution (of the ongoing problem),” a spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors told reporters after CM appealed to protestors to return to work.
The agitating junior doctors also rubbished Banerjee’s claims that a few of their colleagues visited her at the state secretariat. “What CM has told in the press conference is not at all true. No junior doctor went to meet her.
What she claimed that we are against the solution and conversation…But we want her to come to the Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital listen to us and take necessary steps to serve the ailing people,” he said.
Earlier, Banerjee, while addressing the press at the state secretariat, left it midway, claiming that a few junior doctors have appeared there in order to meet her.
Banerjee during her press meet said that her government had not invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) even after five days of strike by the junior doctors and appealed to them to immediately rejoin service.
The chief minister said the state government had accepted all the demands of the doctors and was ready to accommodate their additional demands, but that they must resume work.
The CM claimed that despite repeated attempts on the part of the government to hold meetings and waiting for five hours on Friday, the agitated doctors refused to meet her. Reiterating that ‘one must show respect to the constitutional body’, she added that she cancelled all her programmes and waited for the doctors to turn up at the meeting.
She also accused the agitating doctors of pushing her and hurling abuses, adding that she still didn’t take any action against them as “they are young and made mistakes”.(PTI/Agencies)