- The resident doctors of four government-run medical colleges will finally be paid their pending stipends.
- Over one thousand resident doctors from four medical colleges had protest against the state government’s apathy, over delay in paying their stipends.
- Now, resident doctors working in the medical colleges of Latur, Nagpur, Ambejogai and Aurangabad will finally receive their unpaid stipend.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan, stated, “100 crore rupees were transferred from the state finance department to the DMER in order to pay the stipends. We released it to DMER at 5 pm, this evening. The DMER will subsequently be transferred to the respective colleges and hospitals.”
The resident doctors from Aurangabad’s Government Medical College had begun to sell fruits on the streets to mark their protest and voice their demands over the pending payment of their stipend.
While doctors at Nagpur’s govt medical college had carried out a Thaali protest to highlight their demands. The resident doctors from these govt-run medical colleges have not been paid their stipend since the last 50 days. Also, the doctors did not call for a strike as they do not want the health of the poor patients to be affected.
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had earlier lent their support to the protest. Resident doctors at Mumbai’s KEM, Sion and JJ Hospital turned fruit sellers for a day in order to highlight the issue of unpaid stipends. While doctors at Nair Hospital wore black ribbons as a mark of solidarity.