Resident doctors who went on strike get 5-day pay cut!

Nagpur: Last month, hordes of resident doctors of Government Medical College and Hospital went on strike and skipped work for couple of days over the issue of security. In a fresh turn connecting the incident, about 340 doctors got their salaries of 5 days deducted from their last month’s pay. This has sent a wave of anguish among the resident doctors.

It may be mentioned that the resident doctors staged demonstration and skipped work during the month of October. As many as 350 resident doctors and 200 intern doctors joined the agitation to press their demand for getting appropriate security in the premises.

The strike had badly affected the services at the hospital. As an emergency measure 100 senior doctors and 35 under resident doctors were roped in to streamline the services whereas 300 doctors from faculties managed the outdoor patients department (OPD). The agitation continued for 5 days after which the security guards were deployed in the college hostel premises.

Meanwhile, the resident doctors were enraged over the top management’s decision to cut their 5-day salary. Sources said the pay cut was done as a part of punitive measure against the agitating doctors.

Dr Lajpat Agrawal, Secretary of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) told Nagpur Today that all the resident doctors who shunned the work last month had been given deducted salary. The salary of 5 days has been cut from each doctor’s pay, he added. Dr Agrwal also questioned that though the medical administration has provided for security guards in the premises but did not specify as to how long this security would last. He also added that many demands made at that time were still pending. The doctors also complained about their pay cuts but all their contentions fell on deaf ears, he lamented.