Doctors across India stage massive walk-out in protest over attack

Medical students in Ahmedabad taking part in the strike, June 17, 2019 © REUTERS/Amit Dave / Free

Doctors and healthcare workers across India are on strike to demand urgent hospital security reforms after junior doctors were attacked by family members of a deceased patient in Kolkata.

The 24-hour strike began at 6am local time on Monday following a nationwide call by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). For the first time, doctors from the private and public sector have joined the cause, involving junior doctors, residents and dentists.

All hospitals have reportedly been affected by the demonstration, except for emergency services, the labor ward and intensive care units, however the scale of the protest is having a knock-on effect on these services.

The IMA is demanding the safety and protection of India’s healthcare professionals following the violent attacks by a mob at a hospital in West Bengal.

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