HC orders lifting strike at Bangladesh Medical

DHAKA, March 21, 2017 (BSS) - The High Court (HC) today ordered doctors and others concerned at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital to withdraw their strike within six hours from 12 pm today.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah also issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks as to why it shall not declare illegal calling strikes by making the patients hostage.

"The court issued the rule on a writ petition filed by Professor Niaz Ahmed Chowdhury, founder of the hospital," said Eunus Ali Akand, lawyer of the petitioner.

The court asked health secretary and director general of Directorate General of Health Services to submit the explanations in four weeks.

According to the petitioner, the doctors at that hospital have been observing strike since March 14 protesting transfer of one of their colleagues.

"This is a 1000-bed hospital, where a huge number of patients come regularly for medical services. The patients are not getting any service due to this strike, even the emergency service is not available there," Akand said.

The court ordered the government to form a committee to probe the transfer incident and asked to submit a report within a week.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)