Maha govt appoints committee to fix working hours of resident doctors

The duty hours of resident doctors working in government-run hospitals are soon going to be fixed. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Maharashtra has formed different committees to decide upon the working hours of resident doctors

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Earlier, there were no guidelines in place to determine the working hours or what type of work was to be assigned to resident doctors in their first, second, and third year of residency. There is a high workload on resident doctors due to a shortage of doctors in government hospitals.

On September 25, The Bombay High Court has issues show cause notice to the state government, state health ministry, Directorate of Medical Education, along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in connection with the petition filed by doctors working for state and civic hospitals. The petition mentioned that the resident doctors work for prolonged hours, this ultimately affects their health.

On October 15, there was a meeting held between resident doctors and the chief of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Dr Pravin Shingare.

Dr Shingare has written a letter to the dean of JJ Hospital, B.J. Medical College (Pune), Govt Medical College (Nagpur) and Govt Medical College (Aurangabad). In the letter he has stated that “Each department of every medical college will formulate a committee which will consist of a senior professor or an associate professor, assistant professor and a senior or a junior resident doctor. Work will be assigned to resident doctors explaining them about the nature and responsibilities of their work at different levels in their residency.”

The letter further states that the dean of medical colleges will have to submit the draft finalised by the hospital administration to DMER by the November 15.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Lokeshkumar Chitwarkar, President, Maharashtra Resident Doctor’s Association (MARD), said, “Earlier there were no specific guidelines regarding the type of work which was assigned to resident doctors in their first, second, and third year of their residency. We had always put forth this demand in front of the Maharashtra government. We are happy that the DMER has agreed to our demands.”

He added, “This is a positive step for resident doctors, Dr Avinash Supe has assured us that he will see to it that this is also implemented in civic-run hospitals.”