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OPDs run at hospitals in Purulia, Birbhum

One-hour token strike in protest

Abhijeet Chatterjee Purulia Published 13.06.19, 01:36 AM
Patients queue up for OPD tickets at Purulia district hospital on Wednesday

Patients queue up for OPD tickets at Purulia district hospital on Wednesday Picture by Biswanath Roy

Doctors at three hospitals in Purulia and Birbhum districts stood out on Wednesday amid the ceasework by junior doctors at the outpatients’ department at state-run hospitals across Bengal paralysing healthcare service.

At the Deben Mahato district hospital in Purulia, around 40 doctors were seen busy treating patients at the hospital’s OPD. Patients from far-flung areas queued up at the OPD ticket counters.


Doctors at the Purulia hospital observed an hour’s token strike from 10am and later went to work as usual.

“In our hospital, the OPD operated as usual. The OPD was closed for an hour,” said Sibasish Das, superintendent of Purulia district hospital.

However, doctors at other state-run hospitals in the district observed the ceasework at OPDs.

Doctors attached to the Purulia district hospital and members of Indian Medical Association held a meeting on Tuesday. “We took the decision to observe an hour’s token strike only at Purulia district hospital as we could not contact doctors in other state-run hospitals in the district because of lack of time,” Mandal said.

Doctors worked wearing black badges at the hospital to protest the assault on the two junior doctors of NRS hospital on Monday night.

Doctors at Rampurhat district hospital kept the OPD open for patients.

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