Chandigarh Association of Resident Doctors Newly elected chief focuses on hostels, pure water, sick room

Around 1,200 resident doctors cast their vote for the elections of Association of Resident Doctors at the premier health institute on Friday, the result of which was declared on Saturday.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:April 10, 2016 9:09 am

The newly-elected president of Association of Resident Doctors Dr Seran Reddy said a survey is being conducted to know the problems faced by the residents at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

Around 1,200 resident doctors cast their vote for the elections of Association of Resident Doctors at the premier health institute on Friday, the result of which was declared on Saturday.

“We have started distributing questionnaire to all the1,200 resident doctors, in which they can give their opinion about food, hostel and other facilities. Once we receive the suggestions from all the residents, we will compile them and come up with a report. The data will be also shared with the PGI administration so that we can solve the problems faced by the residents at the Institute,” Reddy, a resident doctor from the department of anesthesia and extensive care said.

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Reddy, along with his nine committee members, won the elections with a huge margin to form a new association. While Reddy got 640 votes, his competitor Dr Aditya Chaudhary got 354. Another candidate, Dr Triveni bagged 178 votes.

Reddy, a native of Andhra Pradesh, lists the goals of the association to work towards the welfare of the resident doctors. “Proper hostels and availability of pure water on every floor of the hostels will be my top priority. Second, at present, there is no sick room at the institute. If any resident doctor falls sick, there is no place where he or she can take rest. The third important issue is to work on leave encashment of residents,” he said.

Asked about the promise his team has put in his manifesto that no resident doctors will have to do the data entry work, he said: “We have been doing sampling and data entry job everyday. That job can be done by any other employee. That does not mean we will sit in our room. Our idea is to focus on patient care.”

The new president said the association will form a time line to achieve their goals within a time frame. “We will take onboard each resident from every department, so that we can know the basic problems. We will discuss strategies to work for the betterment of the resident doctors at PGI,” he added.

Other important initiatives his panel plans to do is to start an online platform, through which online developments can be tracked. He has also promised of a full Wi-Fi campus and fests and functions throughout the year.

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