The murderous assault on two junior doctors, namely, Yash Tekwani and Paribaha Mukopadyay of Kolkata NRS Medical College on Monday has raised questions over the security of doctors in the State of West Bengal. Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, instead of taking action against the attackers, warned the doctors to return to their work. This lackadaisical attitude of the West Bengal’s Chief Minister has led to a temporary shutdown of the public healthcare system in the State. The doctors have made six demands in total, out of which one is seeking an apology from Mamta Banerjee. The cease work protest has gathered nationwide support with doctor fraternity standing in solidarity with the cause of the fellow doctors in West Bengal. Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Minister-in-charge for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the Centre, has made an appeal to Mamta Banerjee to not to make this an issue of prestige and take necessary actions to bring the plights of the patients to an end.
In the series of incidences that have taken place, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the High Court of Judicature at Calcutta. The Court has refused to pass any interim orders and has asked Mamta Banerjee led West Bengal Government to file a reply within seven days. While dealing with the instant petition, a division bench comprising of Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Suvra Ghosh have also reminded the doctors of the ‘Hippocratic Oath’ and to resolve the issue as early as possible. The hearing on the petition has been adjourned until 21st June 2019.