Resident docs at AIIMS go hungry but continue working
New Delhi: About 1,700 resident doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) went hungry from Thursday in protest against the "improper implementation" of the seventh central pay commission's recommendations, but continue working. The resident doctors who had on October 24 held a protest have also sought the prime minister's intervention in the issue.
"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.
"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.
According to RDA statement, hunger strike will continue indefinitely till we get our approval to release our revised pay. Meanwhile, a peaceful protest were also staged at emergency ward, gate no 1. "Now our hunger strike is joined by Nurses Union, officers association, student union and other staff," Dr Kumar added.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the AIIMS RDA said even one-and-half-years after the implementation of the seventh CPC recommendations and four months of allowance approval in other medical institutes, the AIIMS doctors here still did not get the revised pay because of the administrative lapses.
"Even after four months of the implementation of the revised allowances at the central government institutes like the Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and other autonomous medical institutes like the PGI Chandigarh, we are still awaiting a nod from the Health Ministry for getting it implemented here at the AIIMS," AIIMS RDA president Harjit Singh Bhatti said in the letter.