- The resident doctors of three Government Medical Colleges in Maharashtra have threatened to go on strike.
- The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has written a letter to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) in regards with this issue.
- The resident doctors have given an ultimatum to the state government. They have stated that if the stipend is not paid before November 10, they will call for a strike.
Resident doctors attached to Dental Medical College, Nagpur, Ambejogai, and Nanded government medical colleges have written a letter to Maharashtra’s Directorate of Medical Education and Research.
In the letter, the doctors have alleged that the resident doctors have not paid their stipend for the past two to three months.
Dr Vishal Shewale, President of the Resident Doctors Association, Nanded government medical college, said, “We are getting the stipend, but it’s not paid at regular intervals. We have to wait for 2 to 3 months to receive it. We have been facing the same situation since the past one year. Now, if the stipend is not paid by November 10, we will go on strike.”
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has also lent their support to the agitation.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Lokesh Kumar Chirwatkar, President of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), said, “We also have been raising this issue of the unpaid stipend with the government. Since the past one year, the doctors attached to Nanded, Nagpur and Ambejogai Medical Colleges have been facing this issue. The resident doctors have written a letter to the government. If the stipend is not paid, they will go on strike. And, MARD will support the doctors.”
The doctors allege they have been promised by the officials in one of the meetings that the issue of the unpaid stipend will be sorted out. But, no action has been taken on part of the government.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Pravin Shingare, Director of the Directorate Medical Education and Research said, “The issue of the unpaid stipend has been reported by a few government medical colleges. We have been pursuing this with the treasury department as well. By Monday, the issue will be sorted out.”
Dr Sindhu Ganvir, Dean of Government Dental College, Nagpur, said,
“The resident doctors have not been paid the stipend since June this year. We have been exploring the possibility if we can pay the stipend through the hospital funds. We have sent a proposal to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research regarding the same.”