At least 450 intern medical doctors of three civil hospitals connected to medical schools run by a Gujarat government-controlled entity went on an indefinite strike on Thursday, claiming that they’d not been paid the “Covid allowance” promised by the federal government.
The agitating intern medical doctors belong to medical schools run by the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS) in Sola space of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Valsad.
After finishing their MBBS course, medical college students are required to undertake internships at hospitals earlier than they’re granted permission to begin their very own observe.
According to the agitating college students, the state authorities had in April introduced that intern medical doctors of presidency and GMERS-run medical schools will get Rs 5,000 as month-to-month Covid allowance over and above their stipend for the months of March until June for COVID-19 obligation.
“While interns of the government-run schools have obtained the allowance promised by the federal government, intern medical doctors of GMERS-run schools weren’t given the sum. Although we made a illustration to the authorities a number of occasions prior to now, there was no optimistic response . Hence, 450 intern medical doctors of those three schools have determined to go on an indefinite strike,” one of many interns mentioned.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who handles the well being portfolio, assured that the difficulty will likely be resolved quickly.
In a warning tone, Mr Patel requested the placing medical doctors to affix obligation and present some “concern” for sufferers.
“Internship is a should for any medical scholar. These college students have to be grateful to the federal government for aranging their internship at respective authorities hospitals and likewise giving them allowances. It’s the federal government which confirmed a giant coronary heart, not the intern medical doctors,” Mr Patel claimed .
“They have to finish their internship even when we don’t give any allowance, as a result of it is a should to change into a health care provider. In non-public medical schools, college students should pay from their pockets to do an internship. These intern medical doctors ought to present some concern for sufferers,” he added.
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