New Delhi: Around 450 resident doctors and interns at the NDMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital are observing strike over delay in payment of their salaries.
The resident doctors did not attend duties from 9.30 am to 12 noon on May 16, demanding payment of their salaries from the NDMC administration. The protesting doctors have further threatened of complete shutdown if their demands are not met.
In a press note issued by the Resident Doctor’s Association of the institution, the medicos put forward their demands from the civic body.
- They have not been given the salary for the last three months, they are demanding salary for at least two months so that they can call the strike off.
- They demanded that the salary should come on time in the future
Further, the RDA pointed out several deficiencies at the hospital including:
- The condition of the wards, OPD building, doctors duty rooms are in a very bad condition. The Hospital administration has been informed several times but nothing has been done till now.
- There are no proper drinking water facilities in the hospital for the patients and doctors
- Despite having PG (DNB) hospital, there is no 24-hour library facility.
- The condition of the hostels for PG and MBBS medicos is very bad. There are no proper basic facilities like clean drinking water, sanitation, the mess.
- There has always been a lack of proper medicine supply; even in the emergency ward, the medicines are not available.
On 14th May, the resident doctors and the interns went on strike and the issues were raised in meeting with Additional Commissioner. The issues are not resolved yet. Therefore, the doctors will continue the strike for an indefinite time from Monday, the doctors informed Medical Dialogues.
According to sources from NDMC, the municipal corporation, who is suffering from financial crisis, has been facing hardships in regular payment of salaries to its employees, including sanitation workers and those serving in other departments.
The president of Resident Welfare Association at the hospital, Dr Rahul Chaudhary stated, “We are making special efforts like working extra hours to ensure the patients do not have to suffer. But, we can not work like this for long and an indefinite strike will be there if the administration fails to redress the salary issue.”
Dr Chaudhary informed the Medical dialogues that a “PIL has been filed in the High Court regarding delayed salary of Hindu Rao Hospital Doctors.”