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Karnataka Resident Doctors are planning an indefinite strike over stipends and COVID Allowances

On Sunday, the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors announced a statewide indefinite strike in all medical institutions, which will begin on November 29.

The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors announced a nationwide indefinite strike for Monday, November 29, in all medical institutions, demanding prompt payment of stipend and COVID-19 allowance, among other things. To emphasise their three-point demand, the Association has called off all elective services, including OPDs and elective OTs (excluding emergency treatments).

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The resident doctor’s association demanded in a letter that the government consider restructuring academic fees for the 2018-19 academic year, as well as ensuring prompt payment of postgraduate and intern stipends, as well as timely payment of COVID-19-Risk allowance.

The resident doctors also mentioned that they had to sacrifice their course time last year in order to help people during the COVID-19 disaster, and that they only learned the bare minimum. They claimed they put their lives on the line and worked tirelessly to handle COVID-19, but they have yet to get a COVID allowance from the government. They also complained that their fees had been increased by 400%.

Karnataka Resident Doctors news
Karnataka Resident Doctors news

“You are aware that the Government of Karnataka announced COVID allowance of 10,000 per month commencing from the month of April to all resident doctors in May 2021,” they said in the letter. The monies have not been released by the government despite the fact that it has been more than 6 months since the announcement. Even today, this demonstrates the obvious disrespect for doctors serving on the front lines.

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Our academic expenses were increased by roughly 400%, from 30,000 to 1,20,000 dollars. To make matters worse, we have been forced to pay the entire amount without any concessions during these difficult circumstances. The problem was raised in a number of ways, including symbolic protests and letters sent to the relevant authorities on several occasions. “A pan-state demonstration that was organised yielded no fruit.”

They stated that the above issue was raised by MMCRI Mysore resident doctors, who boycotted all elective duties on November 9 without interfering with emergency services, and that the Minister of Medical Education assured that the issue would be resolved within ten days, and that the strike was put on hold. The minister’s guarantee, however, was hollow because nothing has been done to yet. As a result, the doctors indicated that they are now compelled to stage a pan-Karnataka demonstration.

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