"Doctors and nurses in state-run hospitals, who are IMA members, are participating in the strike to protest the high-handedness of the West Bengal government," said Veeranna.
"There is no protection to our fraternity from violent attacks or assaults by relatives and friends of patients," lamented Veeranna.
The doctors and the medical staff on duty in private hospitals and nursing homes were also seen sporting black bands on their arms and aprons to express solidarity with their counterparts in Kolkata hospitals. Several male doctors on duty were seen sporting helmets while attending to in-patients.
About 5,000 doctors, nurses and other medical staff also staged a demonstration at the IMA (Karnataka chapter) office in the city's southwest suburb.