They demand higher stipend and better security at casualty wards

Postgraduate doctors deployed themselves at various wards of the Kozhikode medical college hospital for a 24-hour duty — a form of protest they adopted on Tuesday to press their demands, including higher stipend.

The protesting doctors pointed out that normally strikes for genuine demands were criticised as ones that inconvenienced patients. This time, they had plunged into more work to draw the attention of the government to their demand to raise stipend, shun the move to recruit MBBS doctors and provide more security at casualty wards.

Unwise decision

“The government’s move to appoint MBBS degree holders across all government hospitals is unwise,” said secretary of Kerala Medical Postgraduates Association, Calicut Chapter, Sajin Lal.

“Graduate doctors can be appointed in primary health centres or small hospitals. But, it is wise to appoint post-graduate doctors in tertiary referral units and teaching institutions such as Calicut Medical College and Hospital,” he said.

“In teaching institutions such as ours, the services of post-graduate doctors must be made available. The present move of the government might be aimed at showing more number of doctors across hospitals, in view of the widespread feeling that enough doctors were not available to meet the patient volume,” he said.

“We began our 24-hour work protest this morning, and PG doctors will work in various wards, including casualty and intensive care units,” he said.

Dr. Lal said the association had been constantly demanding a raise in the stipend from Rs.32,000 to a national average that works out to around Rs. 48,000.

“At present, the government in the neighbouring States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu pay higher stipend than what is paid to us now in Kerala,” he said.

“Our other demand is improving security for doctors in casualty wards. We need protection from any type of assault while treating serious cases,” he said.

The strength of the watch and ward needs to be stepped up as there were instances of attendants of patients assaulting duty doctors, house surgeons and PG doctors, he said.


Courtesy: The Hindu


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