"Over 40,000 doctors and other medical practitioners in Maharashtra have chose to support their colleagues in West Bengal who are protesting against their Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee", an IMA official said.
Health care across India could be affected on Monday as the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has announced in a country-wide call that all services related to OPDs, routine operation theatre and ward visits will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6am on Monday.
Around 200-250 doctors gathered at a sit in protest/demonstration at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) against the recent violent attacks on doctors in West Bengal.
Doctors across the state called for a strike after two of their colleagues were brutally assaulted at the NRS Medical College and Hospital by the family members of a patient, who died on Monday night.
The Calcutta High Court had, on Friday, refused to pass any interim order on the strike by the junior doctors.
Resident Doctors' Association of AIIMS will go on strike from 12 noon today till 6 am tomorrow. However, emergency and casualty services will continue to function.
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Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since June 11 after two of their colleagues were reportedly attacked in Kolkata.
Healthcare services at government and private hospitals in the national capital will be hit on Monday as scores of doctors, including those at AIIMS, have made a decision to boycott work for a day in support of their striking colleagues in West Bengal.
Banerjee also directed the formation of grievance redressal units in all state-run hospitals as proposed by the junior doctors.
"We will only move to the State Secretariat once we get an official confirmation of the same", a representative of the protesting doctors at NRS had told reporters earlier.
During a press conference at the state secretariat on Saturday, Banerjee urged the agitators to resume work and said her government had accepted all of their demands.
In a show of solidarity, medical practitioners across the country have chose not to work, leaving patients in the lurch. Earlier, she made similar claims and asked the doctors on Thursday to join work or face action, a warning the protesters defied.