New Delhi: A day after doctors called off the nationwide strike as West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee agreed to their demands during a meeting, on Monday, at Nabanna – the West Bengal secretariat in Kolkata, the Supreme Court, on Tuesday, refused an urgent hearing on a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country.
The top court said, “There was no urgency to hear the matter as doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states. The plea will be taken up after its annual summer break.”
A vacation bench, comprising Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Surya Kant, said, “We can’t protect doctors at the cost of other citizens. We have to look at the larger picture. We are not against the protection given to doctors.”
Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association also filed an impleadment application seeking the court’s intervention and said protection needs to be provided to doctors across the country.