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‘Don’t Pay Tribute, Just Ensure Our Safety’: Bengal Doctors to Mamata Over State Holiday on July 1

File picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Monday declared July 1 as state vacation to pay gratitude to medical doctors, nurses and different frontline warriors.

  • Information18
  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 11:35 AM IST

Kolkata: Two days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee introduced that ‘National Doctors Day’ on July 1 can be a state vacation, the West Bengal Doctors’ Forum (WBDF) rejected the choice saying the state authorities ought to concentrate on the security and safety of healthcare staff than asserting a vacation of their honour.

Speaking to Information18, WBDF’s Secretary, Dr Koushik Chaki, stated, “The state government has declared July 1 as a state holiday to honour the doctors and frontline COVID-19 warriors. However, in the middle of the pandemic, we reject such a rhetoric.”

“If the state government really wants to pay tribute to the doctors, they must ensure the safety and security of every healthcare professional as that has been our long standing demand. Doctors will be in the battlefield on that day, like any other day in the effort to save lives. We have suggested to the state government that if they really want to pay tribute, they should do so by ensuring ongoing teaching and training in tertiary care medical colleges where both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 people can be treated, if properly planned,” he added.

Chaki additionally needs Banerjee to satisfy the medical doctors’ physique with an open thoughts “to make sure all forms of social ostracisation are stopped and to ensure safety, well-being and livelihood of the doctors.”

Earlier, the WBDF had raised considerations over the working circumstances of the healthcare staff through the pandemic. “Over the last few weeks, more and more healthcare workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, some of them even asymptomatic, while several others are in quarantine. We urge upon the health and administrative authorities to proactively look into the matter as it is a matter of grave concern. With limited resources at disposal, we cannot afford to have a situation where the shortage of healthcare providers poses a threat to delivery of care,” an announcement issued by the Forum reads.

On June 29, Bengal Chief Minister had introduced that ‘National Doctors Day’ on July 1, can be a State vacation.

“As a mark of respect to the exemplary services rendered by the doctors and paramedical staff in fighting COVID-19, we have decided to observe doctors day as a state holiday,” the chief minister had stated.

‘National Doctors Day’ is noticed on July 1 in reminiscence of legendary doctor and former Chief Minister of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on July 1, 1962.

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