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Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi lauds Mamata’s initiative to end doctors' strike

The CM had sent a report to the governor on Saturday, informing him about the steps she took to ensure the safety of the doctors

By Subhankar Chowdhury in Calcutta
  • Published 18.06.19, 2:32 AM
  • Updated 18.06.19, 2:32 AM
  • a min read
Mamata Banerjee at SSKM Hospital in Calcutta on Thursday. (PTI)

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Monday appreciated the initiative taken by the chief minister to resolve the impasse in the healthcare and said “he hopes that the doctors will take up the work of care and treatment of patients as per the high ideals of their noble profession”.

A statement from Raj Bhavan said: “Governor Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi welcomes the resolution of crisis caused by the State-wide strike of doctors consequent upon recent incidents of violence on the doctors at NRS Medical college and Hospital. The governor is happy that amicable settlement has been arrived at the meeting held today between the chief minister and doctors. He appreciates the initiative taken by the chief minister and also the junior doctors to resolve the impasse”.

Governor also “hopes that the state government will take all the steps committed in the meeting (between the chief minister and the striking junior doctors) expeditiously”.

The statement came around the time the striking junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital lifted the cease-work on Monday evening.

An official of Raj Bhavan said Tripathi was anxious about the outcome of Monday’s meeting. “The striking doctors had also met him and aired their grievance about the lack of security. He was worried that the strike crippled the healthcare across the state. So, he welcomed the resolution to the crisis,” said the official.

Tripathi had called on injured doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhyay at the Institute of Neuroscience in Calcutta on Friday.

The statement was issued by the governor’s press secretary, Manab Bandopadhyay, two days after Tripathi had written to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, expressing “his sadness at her non-responsiveness to his efforts to talk to her”.

The governor had even advised Mamata to come to Raj Bhavan for a discussion on the issue.

The chief minister had sent a report to the governor on Saturday, informing him about the steps she took to ensure the safety of the doctors.

A state government official said Mamata had informed the governor that she was willing to talk to the agitating doctors provided they agreed to meet her at Nabanna, the state secretariat.