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18 Jun 2019 | 03:39 AM UTC

India: West Bengal doctors end strike June 17 /update 2

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Junior doctors in West Bengal state agree to end indefinite strike on June 17 following talks with the government; normal health services to resume

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India, India

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Doctors in West Bengal state ended a week-long indefinite strike on the evening (local time) of Monday, June 17, following talks with the government. State government officials held a televised meeting with representatives of the doctors, who went on strike to demand improved security at hospitals. The doctors agreed to return to work on Tuesday, June 18, after the state government approved plans to post additional security officers in all state hospitals, as well as new security procedures, properly manned entry and exit checkpoints, and other measures. Healthcare services are expected to normalize on Tuesday, however residual scheduling disruptions are possible.


West Bengal doctors started an indefinite strike on Tuesday, June 11, after a colleague was critically wounded after being attacked on Monday, June 10, at Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College in Kolkata.


Individuals in West Bengal state are advised to monitor developments to the situation and anticipate residual health service disruptions.


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