The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a nationwide withdrawal of non-essential medical services, including outdoor patient department (OPD) services, for 24 hours beginning at 6 am Monday to protest the violence against doctors at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata. Emergency, casualty and ICU services remain unaffected.

The IMA has demanded a national law and a minimum of 7 years imprisonment against violence in hospitals. Hospitals should be declared safe zones and provision of appropriate security should be the responsibility of the state, it added. The Delhi Medical Association and Safdarjung Hospital have joined the protest.

Meanwhile, after six days of agitation, doctors in Bengal said they are ready to meet with CM Mamata Banerjee to bring an immediate end to this impasse. They have demanded the meeting should be held under media coverage and should include representatives from all medical college hospitals. Sources said the meeting is likely to be held at the state secretariat Monday afternoon

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