Resident doctors in medical colleges on the warpath

The doctors have called for a token strike between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. when they will stay away from all COVID and non-COVID duties in Kerala   | Photo Credit: K. RAGESH

Resident doctors in medical colleges in the State have found fault with the current management of the pandemic, which, they said, was adversely affecting both their academic and practical lives.

They have now called for a token strike between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, when they will stay away from all COVID and non-COVID duties. Functionaries of the Kerala Medical Post Graduate Association (KMPGA) said that despite repeated requests to the authorities, their concerns had not been addressed.

They claimed that only two batches of postgraduate medical students were available in medical colleges with final-year students having completed their course. The 2015 batch of MBBS house surgeons have already completed their tenure and an extension as well. This was causing a serious shortage of manpower and would affect the treatment of COVID and non-COVID patients if urgent steps were not taken. They said that the admission of COVID patients should be decentralised to non-medical college hospitals in the periphery because the treatment of patients with other diseases had been crippled across the State. They pointed out that medical colleges, the largest medical training facilities, had been overburdened with COVID cases. Postgraduates need proper training, but their academic programmes had been severely compromised with online classes. Surgical specialties had been the worst hit.

The KMPGA leaders said that the duty schedule had taken a toll on the residents and non-academic junior residents with proper pay should be appointed through the National Health Mission. With the National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for PG courses being delayed, new batches were yet to come.

The notification for the appointment of 76 non-academic senior residents was yet to be issued too. The residents in Kerala were yet to be given incentives or risk allowances as in other States. The extra Intensive Care Unit beds should also be shifted to peripheral hospitals and the staff there should be trained to use them, they said. The KMPGA also sought appointment of the 2016 batch of MBBS house surgeons as soon as their ongoing practical exams were over.

The KMPGA functionaries said that they would resort to an indefinite strike from this month if the above demands were not met.

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