Junior doctors on strike demanding higher stipend

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 20 (UNI) Junior doctors' agitation at the three state-run Medical Colleges and Hospitals entered its second day here today.

The Superintendents of SCB Medical College at Cuttack and V S S Medical College at Burla denied any disruption in providing medicare to the patients.

VSS Medical College Superintendent A K Nayak admitted that the patients suffered due to the agitation.

The junior doctors of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, V S S Medical College and Hospital, Burla and MKCG Medical College and hospital Berhampur resorted to ceasework agitation since yesterday, demanding a revision in their monthly stipend.

The doctors were demanding stipend at par with the salaries of Assistant Surgeons and an annual increment from the second year onwards till the end of their course.

These doctors were now getting 67 per cent of the salary of Assistant Doctors in the first year, 73 per cent in second year and 79 per cent in the third year.

The doctors said the last hike in their allowance was made 12 years back in 1996 and demanded a hike.

The junior doctors said they were forced to cease work as the government did not pay heed to their ''ultimatum'' to solve the problem within a week. They threatened to continue their agitation until their demands were met.

A report from Sambalpur said all the 174 junior doctors of the college were sitting on a ''dharna'' in front of the office.

Junior Doctors' Association president Dipak Parida said though the junior doctors virtually managed all the works in the Medical Colleges the government had never bothered to listen to their problems.

The MKCG Medical College Junior Doctors Association, led by its president Bikram Kesari Mohapatra and Secretary Uday Bhanu Dhal today submitted a memorandum to the RDC Southern Division in support of their demand.

The junior doctors in SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack had also announced to continue their agitation till the demands were met by the government.

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