Interns at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot have decided to strike work for a week from Saturday. Stating that their stipends are low,the interns say that the failure of college authorities and the state government in hiking the stipend,despite repeated requests,has forced them to go on strike.
Arvind Bansal who heads the Forum for Welfare of Interns of GGSMCH,Faridkot said: We are paid just Rs 4,500 per month. There are many departments that do not have doctors we are made to pitch in.
We had raised this issue with the chief ministers office but have got no response from them, bansal added.
The protesting interns have now shot off a letter to state Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa,seeking his intervention. The rules of the Medical Council of India state that the salary of an intern should be around 45 per cent of what the junior doctors receive. The junior doctors here are paid Rs 35,000 per month, Bansal said. The interns said they will wait till June 30 for government intervention failing which,they will proceed on an indefinite strike.
Pak docs call
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CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday laid emphasis on strengthening the ties between medical fraternities of India and Pakistan to benefit the people of both countries in general and eastern and western Punjab in particular. The chief minister was addressing a high level delegation of doctors from Pakistan led by President of SAARC Surgical Care Society Dr A Majeed Chaudhary,an official spokesman said.