The resident doctors in Karnataka had boycotted work over unfulfilled demands such as timely and regular payment of stipend and Covid-risk allowance.
Close to 5,000 young doctors across Karnataka took part in the strike. Doctors in Bengaluru gathered at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), in front of the new OPD Block.
Doctors form an essential part of an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have a duty to participate in pandemic response due to their special skills. But these skills vary between different doctors, and their duties are constrained by other competing rights.
THEIR GRIEVANCES- UNPAID ALLOWANCE
The government had issued an order or risk allowance, recognizing the work of resident doctors during the pandemic. They claim that it has been more than 6 months since the order of allowance was issued but the order is still on paper. Multiple attempts were made to the authorities concerned but nothing happened.
DEMAND FOR FREE REDUCTION
They say that they have paid Rs 1,19,470, which is one of the highest among government medical colleges with a stipend of Rs. 45,000, which is one of the lowest among all colleges in India. But the hike in the academic fees was five times in the year 2018.
COMPULSORY GOVERNMENT SERVICE BOND
They claim it has been more than 1.5 months since the results of the final year MD/MS, but yet there is no clarity on postings, merit list, vacancies, salary, etc. The protesting doctors then met Dr. K Sudhakar, health minister, and submitted a memorandum regarding their demands. They state the minister responded in a positive manner about funds.
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