Fifteen doctors at Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC) who resigned on Monday said they had no option but to put in papers as their career growth prospects stagnated over the years.
“We are not demanding any unnecessary hike in salary and out of term promotion. The recruitment and promotion policy is a basic thing and we are deprived of that. Our career growth has almost stopped. Neither are we eligible for the post of assistant professor nor for doctor,” one of the doctors said.
For the past 10 years, the doctors said, they are working on the same pay scale and post as there are no recruitment rules. The doctors served one-month notice which states their term ends on September 22.
In April, the department of medical research and the health department discussed the problems of BMHRC at a meeting. Principal Secretary Health Gauri Singh had raised the issue of delay in implementation of appointment rules.
The department of medical research had then assured the matter would be resolved till the end of May.
On Monday, department of health research joint secretary Manoj Pant had visited the BMHRC. The 15 doctors immediately resigned after Pant could not give a deadline to implement appointment rules.
“We are already working in crisis-like situation, and the central government is ignoring our demands for long time. We were left with no option other than to resign,” a doctor said.
The BMHRC will be left with only six non-clinical doctors, if the group departs in September.
“More than 2 lakh people of Bhopal are affected by the gas tragedy. Patients are facing trouble due to lack of facilities. Shortage of doctors will hit the patients. The government is ignoring BMHRC for a long time and that’s why the implementation in appointment rules is delayed. Even after a day, government didn’t do anything to resolve the matter,” social activist Abdul Jabbar said.
The BMHRC is a referral and tertiary care centre for the gas tragedy victims who are first seen at the primary care level in eight satellite health centres spread around in the city, and then referred to advanced and specialized departments at the 350-bed super-specialty hospital.