Mamata says no ESMA, appeals to jr docs to call off strike

Mamata says no ESMA, appeals to jr docs to call off strike

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Kolkata, Jun 15 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the government would not invoke ESMA and called upon the striking junior doctors to call off agitation as many of their demands have been conceded.

"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,"the chief minister told a media conference at Nabanna in presence of state chief secretary Molay Dey.The beleaguered chief minister had invited the striking doctors for the second day today to come at Nabbana and talk across table to iron out the problem, but the doctors insisted the chief minister should go to NRS Hospital in Sealdah and talk openly with them.

The ceasework resorted to by the junior medics to protest the assault on two of their colleagues late Monday inside the NRS campus virtually brought the healthcare across West Bengal to a halt.Senior doctors joined the protest and some 1000 government doctors signed quit notice."I do not want to invoke ESMA because I do not want to destroy the carrier of the small boys and girls and since the government conceded all their demands now they should call off stir and restore the medical services, " added Ms Banerjee.

The government is keen to settle the issue amicably without causing any harm to anyone, she said.Ms Banerjee claimed that she was offended when she visited SSKM Hospital on Thursday and even was pushed and abused but she told the security people not to act in retaliation.The CM said she was going to state secretariat Nabanna, but went to SSKM Hospital, after getting a call from the kin of a critically ill patient, to see if the emergency ward was functioning. "But as I walked past,I was pushed and abused," she alleged.

The chief minister for the first time came face to face with protesters when the striking medics shouted "We want Justice We want Justice " and "Shame Shame".Ms Banerjee then served a verbal ultimatum to the protesting doctors either to resume work within four hours or face punitive action, including invocation of ESMA. (UNI)