KERALA

PG medicos hold stir for higher stipend

Special Correspondent

Threaten to intensify agitation to push for demands



Students also upset over tuition fee hike

‘Residency system will ensure 24-hour service’



KOZHIKODE: Post-graduate medical students staged a dharna in front of the office of the Principal of Kozhikode Government Medical College demanding higher stipend and instruction of residency system.

A spokesman for the Kozhikode Medical Post Graduates Association (KMPA) also warned they would intensify their agitation to push for their long-standing demands.

The students are also upset that the government had hiked their tuition fee without bothering to keep its promise to grant more stipend.

“An assistant surgeon, whose minimum qualification is MBBS, is paid Rs. 23,000 while post-graduate medical students who had also passed MBBS degree but had to work almost round the clock in hospitals are being paid only Rs. 10,000,” he said. Out of the monthly stipend of Rs. 10,000, Rs. 3,000 was taken back towards fees.

The students also had to pay heavy rent besides meeting expenses for study-related matters.

The spokesman for the association said though the Finance Minister had given his green signal for their demands, the finance department had blocked its implementation.

‘Unfair’

He said it was unfair that post-graduates were denied better stipend when they—along with house surgeons—were keeping government medical college hospitals going despite shortage of super-speciality doctors and even attenders there.

He said introduction of residency system would ensure 24-hour service for patients. “To deny such benefits in hospitals for financial gains is to deny patients their legitimate rights for quality medical care,” the spokesman for KMPA remarked.

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