- Soon, a pregnant resident doctor, attached to the government and civic-run medical colleges in Maharashtra can avail pregnancy leave.
- The Directorate of Medical Education, Maharashtra (DMER) has accepted the demand of the Maharashtra association of resident doctors (MARD).
- Also, if a doctor has contracted tuberculosis, during his service, will also be given paid leave for the purpose of treatment.
The pregnant resident doctors will now get a paid pregnancy leave, which earlier they could not as there was no provision for the same.
Dr Prakash Wakode, Deputy Director, Directorate of Medical Education Maharashtra, said, “We have accepted the demands raised by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD). Now, a resident doctor will get paid pregnancy leave and, he can also avail leave if he has been diagnosed with TB during the service.”
“But, the question is, those who fill the vacancy what about their payment. For that we will send a proposal to the government soon,” added said Dr Wakode.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Lokeshkumar Chirwatkar, President of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), said, “The Directorate of Medical Education (DMER) has accepted both of our demands. Now the pregnant resident doctor can avail the paid pregnancy leave and the doctor who is contacted with TB can also get paid leave for his/her treatment. We had been pressing these two demands for the past several years.”
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has submitted a petition with the Directorate of Medical Education (DMER), in the month of September. According to the MARD, there are about 5 doctors who are pregnant and could get the benefit of the pregnancy leave.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sharddha Thakur, a resident doctor attached with Pune’s BJ Medical College and Hospital said, “This is a very good decision taken by the Directorate of Medical Education, Maharashtra. We had been fighting for our rights for the past few years. Finally, the government has agreed to our demands.”
According to sources, soon the Directorate of Medical Education (DMER), Maharashtra will issue a circular regarding the paid leave during pregnancy and for the treatment of tuberculosis.