Jharkhand: MGM medical college and hospital junior doctors are reported to be on strike protesting against their salary. This is an indefinite strike, with junior doctors protesting against salary related anomalies. Only the emergency services were functioning at the medical college hospital. Junior residents of the Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) have also gone on an indefinite strike on similar grounds.
Dr. Sameer, a doctor who joined the protests implied that working of junior doctors at MGM and RIMS is same. But, at RIMS the junior doctors are paid Rs 61,000 as honorarium, which is double the amount, paid to the MGM doctors, who are paid Rs 31,000. The state government cannot adapt a dual approach to doctors in the state at the same post.
Another junior doctor implied that the state government should take a firm action on the issue; erstwhile, we will continue the strike. The pay increment at MGM has not been provided since 2010. However, doctors at RIMS said that they have received this benefit in form of three increments.
A junior doctor told the media that, “We had hope that we would get the increased salary from this financial year but the April month honorarium is the same we are getting. The strike led to several issues and the visiting patients were the worst sufferers.”
The PMCH Junior Residents Association (JRA) said to HT that the health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi had announced the same on January 17 but even six months after his assurances, the state was yet to implement the same. Junior residents at the state-run PMCH and MGMCH draw Rs 30,000 per month while their counterparts at RIMS get Rs 62,000.
“Since there are no postgraduate students in the medical college, the hospital is reeling under acute shortage of doctors — junior residents are forced to work for 16-18 hours daily. However, the junior residents at RIMS have no such work load but they get double the stipend,” said a junior resident.
The PMCH principal and superintendent were both in Ranchi on Wednesday to attend a health department meeting. Dr HK Singh, the officiating principal of the college, said he has received the notice by the junior residents. “Since interns are on duty, there is no crisis in hospital at present. An alternative arrangement has also been made to meet the requirement,” said Dr Singh.
Other recent developments related to MGM Medical College
MCI has given three months to the Jharkhand state government to address the issue of faculty shortage in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad medical colleges. Otherwise, the state is under threat to lose 160 MBBS seats offered by these institutes. Shortage of senior residents and professors has been reported in these colleges. They now face the challenge of filling up the posts by September, in an effort to put everything in order for the 2016-17 academic session. Principal secretary state health department K Vidyasagar was also present in the recent meeting held with MCI officials in the capital.
In a move which is expected to bring cheers to the doctor’s community in the state, the local government has decided to increase the age limit for receiving applications for academic posts in three government medical colleges. Following which, the state is likely to receive more applications for the academic posts, as there will be new deserving candidates. The age limit has been increased by five years for the posts of senior residents and tutors at RIMS in Ranchi, Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGMMC) in Jamshedpur