The residents from government medical colleges in Mumbai are protesting at Azad Maidan. The strike Pan Maharashtra Agitation involves more than 4000 resident doctors from all over Maharashtra.
Their main demand from central government to reconsider the draconian NMC Bill as few things in it is unacceptable. The aspect of community health providers is one issue at which doctors are at loggerheads with the union government.
The other demand from the state government is to regularise our stipends, a requirement of the amount of the stipend to be increased similar to central government institutes residents, and a proper and fixed maternity and TB leaves for residents.
The increase for stipend has been a long-pending demand, but the doctors have only received promises from the government. They have called this strike to draw the government’s notice towards their demands.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Central MARD President, Dr Kalyani Dongre said, “Apart from the stipend issue, we placed many other demands before the government. But we have just received promises. In April, we were assured of an increase in stipend but this still hasn’t been fulfilled. We do not receive the stipend on time.”
She added, “We have other demands too, resident doctors who contract tuberculosis should be granted paid leave. This should even be applicable to pregnant doctors who should be given maternity leave. A rule should be brought in for this.”
Dr Dongre said, “50 per cent PG students do not receive recognition, only 2,278 students receive recognition while others don’t. We demand that each student should have recognition.”
Resident doctors across the state, barring Pune and Kolhapur, have given their support in this strike. 4,060 resident doctors from the state are on strike. More than 2,000 resident doctors are protesting from Mumbai itself.
“We have ensured that patients services are not affected in no adverse manner. No emergency situations have risen anywhere, so far,” concluded Dr Dongre.