Kolkata, June 12: Outdoor treatment services in all government owned hospitals as well as private hospitals across West Bengal were today snapped after doctors called 12-hour suspension of work from 6 am to protest the violent assault on doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital in the city on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, twenty-four-year-old junior doctor Pariboho Mukherjee, who had sustained a skull wound and was admitted to the Institute of Neurosciences, is recovering sources said.
They said the Joint Commissioner of Police ( STF) will head a probe committee to investigate the incident of violence between junior doctors at NRS and relatives of a deceased patient, in which two doctors, including Pariboho Mukherjee, were injured.
Two persons, suspected to have attacked the junior doctors have been arrested. Entally police station also filed two FIRs against the junior doctors of Nil Ratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital.
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya accused the ruling Trinamool Congress in the incident. He said the TMC has been unleashing terror everywhere and the latest attack on the on-duty doctors in government hospitals has caused turbulence even in the vital health sector.
He also expressed concerned that thousands of patients and their relatives arrived at the government hospital today and found the OTD was closed. Vijayvargiya said chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who holds the health portfolio, is answerable to the doctors and the patients why doctor bashing is a frequent happening in the state.
Today, thousands of patients and their relatives were seen arriving at different government hospitals only to find the OTD services for 12 hours beginning at 6 am. However, the emergency department was opened in all the hospitals.
Doctors Forum, an apex body of doctors, has called a 12-hour suspension outdoor treatment across West Bengal on Wednesday to protest the brutal assault on junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital by patient party after their kin died early on Tuesday.
Trouble ensued when Md Sahid (75), a resident of Bibi Bagan of Tangra, died. He was admitted on Sunday, but his health deteriorated on Monday evening and he died at night. The relatives of the victim alleged that negligence on part of the hospital and doctors led to septuagenarian's death.