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Patients Suffer As Doctors In Kolkata Hospital Continue Unlawful “Doctors’ Strike”: PBT Files PIL Against Medical Council For Not Taking Disciplinary Action

PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha appeared in-person and received a “leave” from the only division bench functioning during the puja vacation in Calcutta High Court to file an urgent writ petition (PIL) yesterday (October 27) seeking immediate intervention by the court to stop the more than 2-week long “doctors’ strike” that has crippled regular medical services at the super-speciality government R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata bringing endless pain, suffering and death of vulnerable patients most of whom are of poor socioeconomic condition and cannot afford expensive treatment at private hospitals. “Doctors’ strike” is wrong, both morally and legally. In response to another PIL from PBT against a nation-wide “doctors’ strike” called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), a 3-judge bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India categorically held that strike by doctors may amount to negligence warranting disciplinary action by the medical councils for “misconduct”. Despite such unequivocal prohibition from the Apex Court, doctors have continued to hold the innocent patients hostage by frequently joining “doctors’ strike” in order to settle their personal scores with the government or hospital authorities. In order to stop the ongoing “doctors’ strike” at the R.G. Kar Hospital, PBT lodged a formal complaint with the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) urging them to take immediate disciplinary action against the striking medicos in accordance to the directions from the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, WBMC has remained absolutely silent and refused to take any action against the doctors compelling PBT to move this new PIL. This writ petition is expected to be heard by the High Court on October 29, 2021.

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