Doctors seek uniform policy for allowances

April 25, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:43 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Doctors in the city have demanded a raise of up to 40 per cent in the Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) component of their basic salary, as opposed to the 25 per cent granted as per the current pay commission recommendations.

The issue came up after a joint meeting of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association, (FORDA) and the Teaching Association Delhi was held earlier this week to discuss problems faced by resident doctors. The meeting saw the two associations opposing the remuneration offered to doctors as per the 7th Pay Commission.

The doctors have also demanded that learning resource allowance — an annual amount of Rs.20,000 that is given in autonomous institutions only — be made available to all of them.

“We also want the government to look into providing a common policy for all Central and State government doctors in the city while dealing with telephone allowance.

The number of hours put in by resident doctors in government hospitals exceeds the prescribed limit. But, doctors are never compensated accordingly. We would like the government to look into this and provide night shift allowance, which currently exists for nursing staff in government hospitals,” said a senior resident doctor.

The doctors also want a mechanism where allowances as well as compensation are put in place to help them in times of need — if they contract diseases at work or because of the nature of their work. They now plan to submit a memorandum to the Central and Delhi health departments.

Doctors have also demanded learning resource allowance

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