Have accepted all demands of protesting doctors, says Mamata Banerjee

In a press conference, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that the state government has accepted all the demands of the agitating doctors. She also said that the government was ready to accept more demands if they resumed services.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mamata Banerjee said that the state government had accepted all the demands of the agitating doctors
  • She also said that she was open to talks with the protesting doctors and also wanted the stir to end in the state
  • The doctors in Kolkata had laid down six conditions for the state government to end the protest

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that she was open to talks with the protesting doctors and also wanted the stir to end in the state.

In a press conference, Mamata Banerjee said that the state government had accepted all the demands of the agitating doctors.

“We have accepted all demands of agitating doctors. We are ready to accept more, but they must rejoin service,” Mamata Banerjee said.

She also said that even after five days of strike by junior doctors, the state government has not invoked ESMA Act or taken any action against them.

“I do not want to invoke Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) Act in the state. I want the junior doctors to resume work as we have accepted all their demands,” Mamata Banerjee said.

The Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) is an act of Parliament of India established to ensure the delivery of certain services, which if obstructed would affect the normal life. It includes services like public transport (bus services), health services (doctors and hospitals).

She also said, “We never arrested a single person. We will not take any police action. Health services cannot continue like this. I am not going to take any stringent action. Let good sense prevail.”

The doctors in Kolkata had laid down six conditions for the state government to end the protest in the state. They have also demanded an apology from CM Mamata Banerjee for her statements at the SSKM Hospital.

Listing the six conditions, the agitating doctors said the chief minister will have to visit the injured doctors at the hospital and her office should release a statement condemning the attack on them.

Source : indiatoday
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