Government medical college hospital junior doctors call of agitation

House surgeons also protest against non-disbursal of stipend despite assurance.

KOZHIKODE: As many as 800 junior doctors and housesurgeons of Government medical college hospital (MCH) here who went on a strike on Tuesday demanding the release of their stipend for December called it off later in the day.

The decision was taken following the receipt of a government order for allotment of the delayed stipend.

According to MCH Post graduate students' Association president Dr Mohammad Musthafa P.P, about 540 P.G students, 250 house surgeons and dental PG students had not received their stipend for December.

“We cannot live as a majority amongst us have family and children. The issue was brought into the notice of MCH principal many times and a token protest was carried out on January 12,” he said.

The junior doctors went on protest mode on Tuesday as they did not get the stipend on Monday as assured by the authorities.

Except for emergency services like casualty, ICU and labour ward, the doctors desisted from turning up for duty. They received the government order on Tuesday evening.

The discussion held with Principal in the morning had failed to reach a consensus as the authorities could not give a written assurance about the disbursal of the stipend.

Sources said that due to the non-release of government fund, authorities had distributed the stipend of the last two months from another account.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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