No Salary: Telangana Senior Doctors boycott Elective Services, warn of stopping emergency from Doctors Day
Hyderabad: Since the Government has not yet solved the issue of non-payment of salaries, the senior doctors in Telangana opted for the path of protest from Wednesday. Around 698 senior doctors employed at 29 hospitals under 18 medical colleges in Telangana have now boycotted elective services including outpatient and ward.They have further warned the authorities of discontinuing...
Hyderabad: Since the Government has not yet solved the issue of non-payment of salaries, the senior doctors in Telangana opted for the path of protest from Wednesday. Around 698 senior doctors employed at 29 hospitals under 18 medical colleges in Telangana have now boycotted elective services including outpatient and ward.
They have further warned the authorities of discontinuing emergency services from July 1, i.e. Doctors' Day, if the authorities do not fulfill their demands on an urgent basis.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the senior resident doctors working at the government hospitals in Telangana were threatening to boycott emergency and elective medical services due to the non-payment of their salaries which have been allegedly pending for three to seven months.
Writing a letter to Health Minister T. Harish Rao, the senior resident doctors had urged him to look into their issues and asked him to direct the officials to pay the stipend amount and the pending salary. The resident doctors have warned the government of going on a strike if their demands are not met immediately.
Around 698 doctors started working at 18 government medical colleges and attached hospitals across the State as Senior Residents from November 2021. However, many of them have not received their salaries for two to seven months. The monthly salary of the resident doctors is Rs 80,500.
Members of the Telangana Senior Resident Doctors Association (TSRDA) stated that many of these senior resident doctors are also married due to which they have added responsibilities. Salaries of senior resident doctors at the Osmania Medical College, Niloufer hospital, MNJ Cancer Research Institute, Chest Hospital, and ENT Hospital have been pending for three months. Senior doctors in RIMS have not received their pay for the last five months.
"We have been working without our stipends in the best interest of the patients. But our threshold has been breached and our financial responsibilities have become overwhelming... Hence, we are planning a protest in a phased manner," said the strike notice.