KOLKATA, June 15 - The striking junior doctors� joint forum on Saturday spurned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee�s fresh appeal terming her initiative �not honest� and was adamant on continuing their agitation.
While appealing afresh the agitating junior doctors in the state-run hospitals to end their strike and normalise medical services, Banerjee said the State government was ready to take all the necessary measures to ensure doctors� security.
The West Bengal Chief Minister also said that no administrative action will be initiated against the agitating medicos.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan called for punitive action against those attacking healthcare professionals, saying �strict action must be taken against any one who assaults them�.
The minister also asked the law enforcement agencies to ensure that doctors and clinical establishments discharge their duties professionally without any fear of violence.
In a letter to Chief Ministers of all the States, Harsh Vardhan cited recommendations of an inter-ministerial committee in 2017 that suggested that State governments should enact legislation to protect doctors and healthcare professionals. � Agencies