State instructs hospitals to prepare for TS junior doctors' boycott of duties

The Director of Medical Education (DME) on 25 May asked all principals, directors, and superintendents of teaching hospitals and allied hospitals under its control to make necessary arrangements after the Telangana Junior Doctors Association boycotted duties from Wednesday.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  25 May 2021 11:59 AM GMT
State instructs hospitals to prepare for TS junior doctors boycott of duties

Hyderabad: The Director of Medical Education (DME) on 25 May asked all principals, directors, and superintendents of teaching hospitals and allied hospitals under its control to make necessary arrangements after the Telangana Junior Doctors Association boycotted duties from Wednesday.

It has requested the hospitals to monitor both COVID and non-COVID patients and prepare a new duty roster, a copy of which should be sent to the DME office.

No leaves will be sanctioned to faculty members, the DME instructed. Monitor the attendance of junior doctors closely and send the attendance details before noon to the office every day, it added.

The junior doctors of Kakatiya Medical College, Osmania Medical College, Nizamabad Medical College and Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) have demanded a 15 per cent hike in stipend, 10 per cent incentives announced previously by the state government, and a separate block in Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) to treat healthcare workers and their families under insurance cover.

They also demand ex-gratia for families of healthcare workers who have succumbed to COVID-19.

Earlier, the Telangana Senior Resident Doctors Association (TSRDA) had made similar demands and served a notice to the hospitals threatening to boycott duties from 26 May if their demands were not met.

The association has asked for an ex-gratia of Rs. 50 lakhs for doctors and Rs. 25 lakhs for nurses and supporting staff as announced by the Chief Minister, besides a 10 per cent incentive as announced by the Telangana government for all healthcare workers which has not implemented to date. The TSRDA said it will boycott services if its basic demands are not considered in view of the pandemic.


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