Resident docs at AIIMS to go hungry but continue working

The resident doctors who had on Wednesday held a protest have also sought the prime minister's intervention in the issue.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2017 6:57 pm
AIIMS  resident doctors Strike,  resident doctors strike at AIIMS, AIIMS doctors hunger strike, AIIMS letter to Narendra Modi, AIIMS, AIIMS staff, AIIMS jobs, delhi news, indian express news, india news In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the AIIMS RDA said even one and half years after the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations and four months of allowance approval in other medical institutes, the AIIMS doctors here still didn’t get the revised pay because of administrative lapses. (File)

About 2,000 resident doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sceinces (AIIMS) will go hungry from tomorrow in protest against the “improper implementation” of the seventh central pay commission’s recommendations, but continue working. The resident doctors who had on Wednesday held a protest have also sought the prime minister’s intervention in the issue.

“We have remained silent for a long time, hoping for a response from the Health Ministry. But there has been a complete lack of constructive steps taken by the ministry. “Being a responsible citizen and a doctor we will not hamper the facilities for patients. In our further action to put our demands forward we will work continuously without consuming food,” former AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) president Dr Vijay Kumar said.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the AIIMS RDA said even one and half years after the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations and four months of allowance approval in other medical institutes, the AIIMS doctors here still didn’t get the revised pay because of administrative lapses. “Even after four months of implementation of the revised allowances at the central government institutes like Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and other autonomous medical institutes like PGI Chandigarh, we are still awaiting a nod from the Health Ministry for getting it implemented here at AIIMS,” AIIMS RDA president Harjit Singh Bhatti said in the letter.

He claimed that when they approached the hospital administration, it said the ministry was not giving approval and when they visited the ministry they were told that it would take a long time. The resident doctors threatened to go on a strike next month, if their demands were not met.

He said the resident doctors at the AIIMS were forced to work “tediously” for more than the “mandated 48 hours” in a week but were not getting their rightful due because of the bureaucratic hurdles. In their letter, the RDA said the implementation of 7th CPC would help them to carry out their work related to patient care with more zeal and enthusiasm.

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    chakm
    Oct 27, 2017 at 7:24 am
    First of all, these doctors should be tried for breaking the ethical and moral Hippocratical oath that they have vowed to uphold. Then they need to be stripped of their medical licenses. Scathing and irresponsible behavior of doctors in this country has gone unchallenged for quite a few decades. All doctors who take the oath of serving the health needs of their patients as a holy duty must be forced to sign a declaration which prohibits them from striking work due to ANY reason whatsoever. If the military and police be governed under such stringent laws, then why not the doctors? The vocational commitment of doctors have touched a pitiable low and the entire medical education system needs to be fixed to address this decadent behavior. If they have any grievances, they should have the sense of wisdom to approach the courts and not to deny the service towards the sick that they have sworn to uphold.
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      chakm
      Oct 27, 2017 at 7:52 am
      I have missed out the point that they are continuing to work. My sincere apology. Having said that, my point that doctors should not be allowed to strike work under ANY circumstance remains unfettered and resolute.
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