Pune: Intern doctors arrange blood donation camp to lodge protest

Around 2,300 intern doctors across the 18 medical colleges in Maharashtra have called for an indefinite strike, but BJ Medical College’s students have decided to take a different route to observe their strike. They decided to arranged a blood donation, this shows that even though they are on strike they have not forgotten about the patients they serve

Pune: Intern doctors arranged blood donation camp to lodge protest

Dr Ketan Deshmukh, one of the interns at BJ Medical College and Joint Secretary with the Association of Medical State Interns, said, “ We wanted to do something innovative. We did not arrange a protest march but decided to do something better this time. A protest rally does not help us much. So we decided to hold a blood donation camp which will be helpful for patients also. We hope that our demands will be heard.”

After the talks with the Maharashtra’s Medical Education Department failed, the intern doctors across Maharashtra have gone on an indefinite strike. The doctors are protesting to raise their stipend to Rs 11,000. Which they allege, the state had agreed to in 2015.

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The protesting doctors are on strike from Wednesday, June 13. Doctors across medical colleges are planning to carry out protest marches in their respective college premises.