One needs to understand and understand it very clear that when the white coats become red, it is symbolic of the fact that society has become black.
On June 10, an intern doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhyay at Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital was brutally beaten up which resulted in his skull fracture and has undergone a surgery at the Institute of Neurosciences in Mullickbazar and is now in a critical condition.
Why? Because on Monday night, a 75-year-old patient from Tangra, Mohammed Shahid died at the hospital and around 11 pm, the family members of the deceased patient reached the hospital and alleged that it happened because of doctors’ negligence.
The clashes became so intense that the hospital premises almost turned to a war zone with 200 men entering there in trucks and brutally beating up the doctors with bricks, stones, chairs, bamboo sticks. Not just Paribaha but another doctor was also attacked and is in serious condition.
Next day, June 11, the junior doctors in West Bengal called for a strike to demand safety and security at workplace and it has spread like a wildfire pan India- Marches, placards, banners demanding protection for medical professionals.
Protests don’t need to be violent or loud, but at the same time, it should also convey the message. Resident doctors at AIIMS wore bandages on their face and body to protest against the violence inflicted on doctors. In solidarity with West Bengal, about 4,500 resident doctors in Maharashtra stayed away from work on Friday.
While no official data is available, but according to Hindustan Times report, the establishments where doctors submitted resignations were R G Kar Medical College and Hospital (126), SSKM Hospital (175), N R S Medical College and Hospital (108), North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (119), National Medical College and Hospital (16), Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital (45), Burdwan Medical College and Hospital (35) and College of Medicine & Sagore Dutta Hospital (18).
On June 17, the Indian Medical Association has called for a nationwide strike.
When the healers of humanity start bleeding, and pay the price with their own blood, the fate of the patients will be doomed anyway. The protests have gained huge momentum on day 4, and here’s how the whole picture across the nation looks like-
We don’t toil for 5 yrs to get beaten up for no faults. This trend of attacking doctors should stop.#stand_with_NRS #SaveDoctors Don’t forget doctors are humans too. The whole fraternity stands united.#DoctorsFightBack
— Mainak Mascharak (@Mainakspeaks) June 14, 2019
— dr.juhi (@juhi2606) June 14, 2019
What the CM of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is saying-
— Maryam (@MeryAllam) June 14, 2019
Because we are also human just like u
We too hv families
We need your support
We always tried and will try our best for you
Dear indian change your mentality and say no to mob lynching of doctors
Support protest#DoctorsFightBack#Savethedoctors #DoctorsStrike pic.twitter.com/qoprR4zb3N
— DARK ROOM (@nagpuriPORGA) June 14, 2019
— Diplomatic Doctor © (@psycho_sif) June 14, 2019
5000+ Doctors and Non Medicos walked from NRS to CNMC for our cause.
History has been created as this is probably one of the biggest movement that has been carried out by the doctors. #DoctorsFightBack pic.twitter.com/XHyicsFG6D
— Umme (@stethospeaks) June 14, 2019
Non doctor but sensible people of this country. This is thought to ponder upon. Voice your opinion. Share your your happy stories abkut health care.
Stay with Doctors. Show your solidarity.#DoctorsFightBack pic.twitter.com/CmMXUtpc46
— Dr. Muktesh K. Daund (@docmuktesh) June 14, 2019
— Dr.Amit Chaudhary (@DrAmitChaudhar7) June 14, 2019
Long Live Doctors Unity !!! pic.twitter.com/dPHHvqC3D5
— Dr. Lavanya Sharma 🇮🇳 (@lavanyasharma05) June 14, 2019
— THE_GOAN_DR.🇮🇳 (@GoanDoctor) June 14, 2019
Scene of protests at #Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Mahabubnagar & Adilabad. #Doctors across #Telangana stand in solidarity with their counterparts in #Kolkata. #IMA #DoctorsStrike #DoctorsFightBack pic.twitter.com/XM4OrWIq7F
— krishnamurthy (@krishna0302) June 14, 2019