Health services cripple in Bihar as Junior doctors continue stir, CM Nitish Kumar asked to intervene
Bihar: Taking cognizance of the plight of patients in Bihar, the Congress party along with other influential personalities have requested the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, to take necessary action in order to end the ongoing strike by the junior doctors.
The strike has already entered its 7th day on Tuesday and the health care services provided by nine medical colleges and hospitals across the state have been adversely affected due to the strike. The junior doctors are observing strike demanding an increase in stipend as their stipend has not been revised from 2017.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that 1000 junior doctors of the government medical colleges and hospitals in Bihar had called for an infinite strike seeking a hike in the stipend amount. The protesting doctors of a total of nine medical colleges and hospitals including Patna Medical College and Hospital have been boycotting work that resultantly hit the healthcare services.
According to the Junior Doctors Association Bihar, the pay structure of junior doctors in Bihar has not been revised since 2017. At present, the junior doctors have been getting rupees 50,000, Rs 55,000, and Rs 60,000 respectively, but doctors are demanding a raise in monthly stipend for PG courses to Rs 80,000, Rs 85,000, and Rs 90,000 in the first, second and third year respectively. Junior Doctors Association has warned that it will not end the strike till their demands are fulfilled by the government.