Around 20,000 resident doctors from central, Delhi government and corporation hospitals across the city have threatened to go on a strike on May 26 to protest against the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.
The strike is expected to affect more than 50,000 Delhiites who depend on government hospitals for health care. “The Seventh Pay Commission is currently being reviewed by the committee and we usually get the notification by June. So we want to protest against some of the recommendations and ask the committee to listen to our pleas,” said Dr Pankaj Solanki, president of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA), the body under which the resident doctors are protesting.
Even senior consulting doctors may support the resident doctors in their demands for a better pay structure by not working for the day, which would mean a shutdown of government hospitals on May 26.
“In our general body meeting, we will decide whether the emergency would be kept operational. We are, however, planning to run parallel OPDs, so that patients do not suffer,” said Dr Solanki.
The body of doctors wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about their demands. “The non-practising allowance has been reduced to 20% in the CPC recommendations, whereas we had demanded that it be increased to 40% from the current 25%,” said Dr Solanki.
The doctors have demanded same pay for same work for ad hoc and permanent employees and allowances to cover telephone bills, extra duty allowance, night shift allowance, and hazard pay for diseases contracted by doctors on duty. The FORDA has demanded that doctors across hospitals be given this allowance.
Despite repeated requests, there has been no response from the Centre. The Delhi government has also been kept in the loop.