2,000 Protesting AIIMS Resident Doctors To Go Hungry, But Continue Working

| October 26 , 2017 , 11:12 IST

In protest of the "improper implementation" of the seventh central pay commission's recommendations, around 2,000 resident doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will go hungry from Thursday but will continue working.

"We have remained silent for a long time, hoping for a response from the Health Ministry. But there has been a complete lack of constructive steps taken by the ministry," said representative of the resident doctors.

"Being a responsible citizen and a doctor we will not hamper the facilities for patients. In our further action to put our demands forward we will work continuously without consuming food," former AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) president Dr Vijay Kumar said.

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The resident doctors had previously held a protest on Tuesday and have also sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter.

In a letter to the PM, the AIIMS RDA said that even 1.5 years after the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations, AIIMS doctors still do not get the revised pay due to administrative lapses.

"Even after four months of implementation of the revised allowances at the central government institutes like Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and other autonomous medical institutes like PGI Chandigarh, we are still awaiting a nod from the Health Ministry for getting it implemented here at AIIMS," AIIMS RDA president Harjit Singh Bhatti said in the letter.

According to Bhatti, when they approached the hospital administration, they said that the ministry was not giving approval, and when they approached the ministry, they were told it would take a long time.

If the demands are not met, the residents have threatened to go on a hunger strike next month.