The chief minister said deaths had also been reported from West Medinipore and Murshidabad.
However, despite the common man's hardships, junior physicians remained firm on their stand and demanded that Banerjee come to meet them and bow to their demands first.
Meanwhile, more than 200 doctors have resigned in the state and the Centre has sought a report from the state government over the issue. West Bengal governor K N Tripathi also advised the chief minister to take immediate steps to provide security to doctors and take them into confidence about the firm and credible assurance of arrangements for their security, as well as, a quick probe into the incidents of assault on them. AIIMS has also issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Banerjee to meet the demands of the junior doctors.
The IMA, which has also shown solidarity with these protestors, alleged that the agitation was also being used for “vested interests”.
“I am seeing outsiders, who are neither doctors, nor involved with the medical community, in the strike. These outsiders do not want to end this deadlock. I appeal to the junior doctors not to pay heed to them and also ask these outsiders not to brainwash the agitators for their vested interests”, Sen said.
Earlier, Banerjee had also alleged that outsiders were involved in the strike, which has left the state’s poor people angry, as their near and dear ones are either succumbing to death as doctors are not attending to their duties, or have been left on their own without medical care.
While the BJP alleged that steps had not been taken against the assailants, who had beaten up a junior doctor at NRS hospital, as the accused were voters of the TMC, the Congress wrote to prime minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in resolving the ongoing crisis.
This Tuesday, a junior doctor in the state-run NRS hospital was attacked after a patient passed away, which led to the strike in the state-run healthcare segment. Five people have been arrested in connection with the incident.