Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday appealed to the doctors protesting in Bengal and across the nation against unsafe work environment to call off their agitation on humanitarian grounds. 

Vardhan appealed to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to not make this sensitive matter a “prestige issue” and said that he will write to her in this regard.”Despite getting beaten so badly, doctors have only asked her (Mamata Banerjee) to provide them with adequate security and also demanded action against the perpetrators of the violence as per the law,” Vardhan said.

“But instead of doing that, she warned them and gave an ultimatum which angered doctors across the country and they proceeded on strike. So if the chief minister acts in a sensitive manner in such a grave scenario, patients across the country will not suffer. I plead to the West Bengal chief minister to not make this an issue of prestige,” he said.