Gujarat government calls medical residents’ strike illegal; warns against action

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Ahmedabad, Aug 6 (PTI) The government of Gujarat on Friday called the ongoing strike by 2,000 resident doctors at six government medical schools “illegal” and threatened to invoke the epidemic disease law. they did not resume their functions. The restless resident doctors, mostly those who have recently completed their graduate studies, belong to the government-run medical schools of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar. At least 2,000 medical residents of these hospitals have been on strike since Wednesday evening, mainly over the issuance of the bond period and the 7th Wages Commission. In Gujarat, medical students in public colleges are required to sign a bond, which requires them to serve for one year in rural areas after completing their studies. Doctors can break the link by paying Rs 40 lakh. In April of this year, as cases of COVID-19 were on the rise, the state government announced that one day of COVID-19 duty would be considered equivalent to two days of bail. Thus, six months in COVID-19 services will be considered as one year of the bond period. However, in July, when cases of COVID-19 declined significantly, a new notification was released that said the ratio was restored to 1: 1 instead of 1: 2, the Junior Physicians Association said in a report. communicated. Now, the medical residents have asked for the old 1: 2 day formula to be reinstated and have asked for salaries in accordance with the 7th Compensation Committee. Instead of remote rural areas, the agitator doctors also want the government to deploy them to their “mother institutes” during the bail period. However, Gujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who manages the health portfolio, rejected their requests and asked the medical residents to resume their duties. “Very few cases of COVID-19 are detected these days, and a large number of doctors are needed in rural areas. We have issued an order asking bonded doctors to join their respective duties in rural areas. is compulsory to serve in villages according to the bail conditions. If they do not wish to serve in the villages, they must deposit Rs 40 lakh, “Patel said in a statement.” This strike is illegal and aims to exert undue pressure on the government. They hold patients to ransom. We will not tolerate this. We will take action against these agitated doctors under the Epidemic Disease Law if they do not return to their posts after their strike ends, “the Chief Deputy Minister added. PTI PJT ARU ARU


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