New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Healthcare services at government and private hospitals across the country are set for a major disruption today as lakhs of doctors have decided to boycott work for a day in support of their striking colleagues in West Bengal.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had given the strike call with the withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country. IMA members will also stage a dharna at its headquarters in the national capital.

The apex medical body, IMA, said all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am Tuesday. Emergency and casualty services will continue to function, it said.

Here are the LIVE updates on the pan-India doctors' strike:

17:59 pm: Junior doctors in West Bengal call off week-long strike after meeting with chief minister Mamata Banerje: PTI

16:58 pm: Mamata Banerjee directs formation of grievance redressal units in all West Bengal hospitals as proposed by junior doctors at meeting.

16:55 pm: During the meeting, Mamata Banerjee suggested that there shouldn’t be more than two relatives inside the emergency.

16:50 pm: Mamata Banerjee directs Kolkata Police commissioner Anuj Sharma to deploy a nodal police officer in every hospital.

16:46 pm: We have taken adequate measures, arrested five people involved in NRS hospital incident, mamata Banerjee tells agitating doctors.

16:46 pm: We are scared while working, want exemplary punishment for those who assaulted NRS doctors: Joint forum of junior doctors at meeting with Mamata Banerjee.

16:43 pm: No doctor has been booked by state government: Banerjee at meeting with protesting junior doctors. 

16:41: Only two regional news channels allowed to cover meeting between Banerjee and junior doctors at state secretariat.

16:41 pm: Apart from West Bengal health secretary, MoS Chandrima Bhattacharya and state
Officials, 31 junior doctors are at meeting with Banerjee. 

16:40 pm: Junior doctors apprise Banerjee of the problems they have been facing at medical colleges and hospitals.

16:27 pm: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will shortly meet 24 representatives of the striking junior doctors at the state secretariat, in presence of the media. The doctors had insisted on a public negotiation.

12:34 pm: Mamata Banerjee will be meeting two representatives from each Medical College of the state in Nabana at 3 pm today. 

12:29 pm: 

12:16 pm: The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on June 18 a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country. The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against assault on their colleagues allegedly by the relatives of a patient, who died on June 10 at a Kolkata hospital.

12:14 pm: Mamata Banerjee will be meeting two representatives from each Medical College of the state in Nabana tomorrow, reports news agency ANI. 

12:00 pm: In Delhi, doctors at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital, as well as Delhi government facilities such as GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital are joining the strike.

Resident Doctors' Association of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, which earlier decided not join the strike, held a protest march in the campus between 8 am and 9 am and will join the strike from 12 pm, the decision for which was taken at an early morning general body meeting.

11:55 am: The agitating doctors in West Bengal softened their stand on Sunday, leaving it to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to decide the meeting venue with them, but insisted that it should be held in the presence of media and recorded.

What are the doctors' demanding

Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since June 11 after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured allegedly by relatives of a patient who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

In a show of solidarity, medical practitioners across the country have chose not to work, leaving patients in the lurch. The apex medical body, IMA, has demanded a comprehensive central law in dealing with violence on doctors and healthcare staff.

Security measures and the determinants leading to violence should also be addressed, it said in a statement.

Exemplary punishment for perpetrators of violence should be a component of the central law and suitable amendments be brought in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), the IMA said.

The medical body has launched a four-day nationwide protest from Friday and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding enactment of the central law to check violence against healthcare workers.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta