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Junior doctors sit in protest at NRS after fellow mate gets attacked

Kolkata: Junior doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday started an agitation inside the hospital campus on Monday to protest against the attack on the junior doctors by the relatives of a 17-year-old boy who died of alleged medical negligence.

Around 10 junior doctors were injured, some of them critically, when a mob attacked on them on Monday morning. As a result of this incident, the health services at the emergency department was seriously affected. The doctors threatened to continue their protest until there is adequate security mechanism in place to check such incidents.
Police have so far arrested one person on the charges of attacking the doctors. The accused has been identified as Bijoy Singh who reportedly led the attack. Ajoy Mullick (17), a resident of Mullick Bazar area was admitted to the Beliaghata ID Hospital as the patient was suffering from jaundice along with some other ailments. He was shifted to the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday morning as his condition deteriorated.
Trouble broke out after the patient died at the hospital. The family members of the victim started protesting against the death alleging that the patient died due to negligence of a section of doctors.
The relatives of the patient engaged in a heated altercation with some of the junior doctors and soon a scuffle broke out between the two groups. Some of the family members soon overpowered the junior doctors and beat them up. Altogether 10 doctors received injuries among which two doctors sustained head injuries during the clash.
After being informed, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. A huge contingent of police force dispersed the mob from the hospital campus.
The junior doctors started a demonstration in the hospital leading to partial disruption of health services at the emergency department. Soon after the incident, Dr Nirmal Maji, West Bengal Medical Council Chairman visited the spot and urged the agitating doctors to stop their movement. But the junior doctors said that they would not stop the movement till the Minister of State for health Chandrima Bhattacharya visits and gives assurances of adequate security arrangement for doctors in the hospital campus.
Meanwhile, it may be mentioned some junior doctors at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital are continuing their hunger strike for three consecutive days protesting against the atrocities on doctors.

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