Emergency and trauma services remained functional but the out-patient-department (OPD) services and elective surgeries were postponed.
The state government had sent a formal letter of invitation to the striking junior doctors to meet, urging them to reach the Chief Minister's Office at Nabanno by 2.30 p.m. Only emergency services were functional for a few departments, and the hospital cancelled 80 surgeries. In Delhi, doctors at 15 hospitals including the AIIMS had joined the protest.
However, doctors on Sunday appeared to soften their stand after public pressure started rising against the continued strike, especially after the government agreed to their demand of beefing up police protection at government hospitals to protect them from miscreants.
"Emergent Executive Committee Meeting convened made a decision to support the call given by IMA for withdrawal of non-essential services on 17th June (Monday) for 24 hours (6am to 6am) to protest against violence against doctors and hospitals".
Members of several resident doctors associations also took out marches on their campuses to lodge protest. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) then announced a strike on June 17 (today) with withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country in the wake of the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal.
# NRS junior doctors on Monday said that they will not be attending the 3pm meeting at the state secretariat.
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More than 40,000 doctors in Maharashtra boycotted work, according to an IMA official.
Similar reports came in from other states, including Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. However, government hospitals remained open following a circular by the Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare and there was a huge rush of patients at these facilities since morning.
The medical association had launched a four-day nationwide protest on Friday, and had written to Home Minister Amit Shah demanding a central law to prevent violence against healthcare workers.
At the RK Mission Hospital (RKMH) in Itanagar, the protesting doctors, led by state IMA president Dr Lobsang Tsetim, said threatening and hitting doctors and hospital staffers "is not acceptable and should be condemned by one and all". It had also asked the state government to persuade the doctors to resume work.
The doctors began the protest after an intern at the NRS Medical College and Hospital was seriously injured following a clash between junior doctors and relatives of a patient who died late on Monday night due to alleged negligence.
Following the doctors' fresh proposal, the Chief Minister chose to call the protesters for a meeting on Monday.