Vijayawada: Junior doctors in the state have received an assurance from the state government that their request for senior resident status to the PG final year students will be considered.
The junior doctors earlier threatened to boycott all duties if their request for senior resident status and hike in stipend for senior residents is not considered by the state government by May 27. They received a communication from the office of Director of Medical Examination that the PG final year students would be considered for getting senior resident status soon.
But, the PG final year students also want a hike in their monthly stipend for senior resident status to the tune of Rs 80,000 as it is currently very less at `40,000 at present. The junior residents of PG first year get a monthly stipend of `45,000, second year residents get Rs 46,000 and those in final year are paid `48,000.
The PG first, second and some final year students are already attending all Covid and non-Covid duties at government, private hospitals and medical colleges at present following a spike in the caseload of Coronavirus to help the state government tackle the pandemic.
AP Junior Doctors’ Association president Dr Rahul Roy said, “We have received a communication from the office of DME to consider PG final year students for giving senior resident status and we are thankful to the government. However, we want the government to consider a hike in stipend for senior residents also so that we will be helping the government to handle the Covid pandemic wholeheartedly with no issues at all.”...