Mumbai: Medical interns at civic-run hospitals still to receive their raised stipend

On August 27, 2019, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has decided to increase the amount in the existing stipend from Rs 6,000 to Rs 11,000. The raised stipend was to given from the month of August. While medical interns at state-run hospitals have received the stipend, medical interns at civic-run hospitals allege that they are yet to receive their raised stipend

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Medical interns from the Association of State Medical Interns (ASMI), Maharashtra stated that interns at BMC associated colleges such as Nair, KEM, LTMMC (Sion) and Nair Dental Hospital, have not received the raised stipend. All the other medical colleges have got the stipend of Rs 11,000.

Medical interns from the Association of State Medical Interns (ASMI), Maharashtra stated that interns at BMC associated colleges such as Nair, KEM, LTMMC (Sion) and Nair Dental Hospital, have not received the raised stipend. All the other medical colleges have got the stipend of Rs 11,000.

The organisation stated that it is the failure of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as the civic-run hospitals are one of the most densely populated hospitals in the number of patients throughout the state. The BMC is going against the state decision and it’s been three months and no implementation or any procedure has been taken place.

ASMI said that the interns have their exams in two months and won’t be able to spend time in clerical work of BMC.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Hrishikesh Mankar, President, Association of State Medical Interns (ASMI), Maharashtra, informed, “Intern doctors attached to government-run hospitals in Maharashtra are receiving the increased stipend. But, intern doctors from civic-run hospitals in Mumbai have not yet received the stipend. Our demand is that the BMC administration should look into the matter.”

In response to this Dr Ramesh Bharmal, Director of major civic hospitals in Mumbai, said, “The state government had increased stipend of intern doctors attached with government and civic-run hospitals in Maharashtra. But, due to the election code of conduct, the decision has not been implemented in Mumbai. We have given a proposal to the finance department. And within a month or two intern doctors from civic-run hospitals will receive their raised stipend.”