Uniform stipend to medical interns? Board of governors invites suggestions

The Board of Governors (BOG) which supersedes the Medical Council of India (MCI) took this decision and put out a notice stating the same. The move seeks to bring in parity in the pay of medical interns

Uniform stipend to medical interns? Board of governors invites suggestions
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The Board of Governors (BOG) superseding the Medical Council of India (MCI) is considering to amend the regulations for the payment of stipend to intern doctors. The move finally will bring smiles on the faces of thousands of medical interns across the country.

The Board of Governors (BOG) have issued a public notice on January 25, requesting all the stakeholders to give their comment and suggestions within 15 days of the notice.

The notice states:

‘All the candidate pursuing compulsory rotation internship at the institution from which MBBS course was completed, shall be paid stipend on par with the stipend being paid to the interns of the state government. Medical Institution/ Central Government Institution in the state/ Union Territory where the institution is located.’

All those who have any concerns are requested to give their comments/ suggestions within 15 days to bring the amendment in the regulation for payment of the stipend to the interns.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Lokesh Kumar Chirwatkar, President, Central Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), said, “This is a welcome step by the union government. Though this is a very initial step, this will surely benefit those interns who are earning very less stipend. But, we have to wait for a concrete outcome. Equal pay and equal work is the principal. Particularly interns in Maharashtra will be benefited with this.”

The government is considering to include the above provision in the Regulation of Graduate Medical Education 1997.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Darshan Kalal, President of the Association of State Medical Interns (ASMI) in Maharashtra, said, “This is a very good step taken by the government. With this move, intern doctors all over India will have at par stipend. Our demand is that the stipend should be increased as per the central institutions.”

Parity in stipend was a long-standing demand of the intern doctors attached to the private medical colleges too.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Avinash Supe, Former director of the major civic-run hospitals in Mumbai, said, “Intern doctors attached to civic and state-run medical colleges receive Rs 5,000-6,000 as a stipend. But, in a few private medical colleges stipend is very less or interns are not paid a stipend. So, the notice has been published for pay parity for all the interns working in government and private sector.”