Junior doctors’ strike hits service at Kolkata hospital

Kolkata, Jan 11 (IANS) Patients needing admission were turned away from R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital here on Monday as a section of its junior doctors continued their strike for the second day.

The doctors have been agitating and struck work after relatives of a patient who died at the state-run hospital early morning on Sunday allegedly assaulted the night-shift team.

At least 300-odd interns, house staff and post-graduate trainees stayed away from duty which hit medical services both in the emergency section and the indoor wards.

“We want better security and will continue our strike until our demands are met,” an angry intern said.

The striking doctors held a meeting and a rally on the campus, saying “No security, no service”.

“We didn’t spot any doctors from Sunday and whoever was present told us to return to our village,” a patient complained.

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