The doctors’ association from Delhi government-run Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) hospital has written to the hospital administration informing them about corruption in the hiring of junior resident doctors.
There are between 150-200 posts for junior resident doctors who join the hospital after completing their MBBS.
“For the last six months, I have received several complaints from junior residents who have claimed that even after the examinations and interviews, the jobs were being given to people who paid for the seats. And, there is scope for corruption. The administration has not informed about the number of vacancies. During the interview process, the examiners give the marks in pencil and sign with pen. In such a case, the marks can easily be changed,” said Dr Sumit Paria, president of the resident doctors’ association at DDU hospital.
According to the resident doctors’ association Rs 70,000 –80,000 was paid for each job. “An additional Rs 20,000 – 30,000 was charged if the doctors wanted to work in a particular department. Usually the junior residents work in all departments by rotation,” said Dr Paria.
The letter written to the medical superintendent of the hospital on May 18 urges the administration to quash the interview which was held on May 11 and conduct fresh interviews for recruiting junior residents.
“I have received a letter from the residents about their concerns and we have set up a committee to review the process and we will go by their suggestions. Such things should not be happening in the hospital, we will address the concerns of the doctors,” said Dr Savita Babbar, the medical superintendent of the hospital.
The letter also states that there is corruption in other administrative processes as well. “Also, from last six months corruption has crept in the administration for simple formalities like joining, completion certificate, NOC, experience certificates etc,” the letter read.