For crying foul, AIIMS doctors suffer salary cuts
THE HEALTH Ministry on Wednesday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences not to give 17 days' pay to resident doctors who went on strike.india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 01:32 IST
THE HEALTH Ministry on Wednesday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences not to give 17 days' pay to resident doctors who went on strike.
The Health Ministry informed the AIIMS registrar (in a letter dated June 12) that the resident doctors "who neither worked nor applied for leave on the days of protests" would not be paid for 17 days. The directive will apply to doctors of all government hospitals and medical colleges who were part of the agitation. "We are following the SC directive," said Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss. "This applies to all government set-ups and is not taken specifically against the AIIMS doctors. No punitive action like a break in services or an extension of internship will be taken against students."
On whether non-payment was not a form of punitive action, Ramadoss said if the court asked the government to pay salaries to doctors who went on strike, then it would do so.
Objecting to the salary cut, the resident doctors said the ministry's directive was a violation of the Supreme Court order which said no punitive action would be taken against the protesters. Before Ramadoss's statement came in, rumours that the students' internship period was being extended by 17 days had added to the resentment in medical colleges. Health secretary P.K. Hota said no work, no pay was normal practice in any government establishment "It is not a ministry directive. If someone is not happy with it, they can take it up in the appropriate forum," he said.
The medicos had struck work from May 13 to 31.