Junior doctors in MP who had deferred their agitation on Saturday have decided to resume it from Tuesday after talks health minister Narottam Mishra bore no result.
“All we were getting was assurances. There was no specific plan or timeframe for the fulfilment of our demands. So we have decided to resume our agitation across the state from Tuesday morning. We will again start parallel OPDs outside the hospital buildings,” said Junior Doctors Association (JDA) Bhopal president Dr Aditya Lunawat.
Nearly 1,200 junior doctors in the state are agitating demanding beefing up of security at hospitals, an increase in their stipend and properly equipping hospitals so they don’t have to face the anger of people for loopholes in the delivery of healthcare.
Lunawat said at the time when junior doctors in other states were getting a stipend over Rs 45,000, they were getting around Rs 32,000.
“We want a stipend that we deserve. Our demands are genuine but the government is giving us only assurances,” he said.
On Saturday, junior doctors had deferred their agitation after their representatives met Narottam Mishra and were assured that their demands would be looked into.
When HT spoke to director, medical education, Dr GS Patel, he said they were trying to resolve the issue as the demands of junior doctors had many aspects, including financial implications, for which they have to approach the finance department.
“Already two rounds of talks have been held between the health minister and the junior doctors. The minister has again called them for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the demands,” he said.