Various unions of the AIIMS have supported around 2,000 doctors of the institute, who stopped taking food from Thursday but continue to work protesting the “improper implementation” of the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s (CPC) recommendations.
The protest has also been joined by unions including Officer’s association, Nurses Union, Society of Young Scientists, Students Union and Karamchari Union.
The resident doctors peacefully protested from 1 to 2 pm in front of AIIMS’ main gate and once again announced that they will not food unless their demands are fulfilled.
Speaking on the issue, AIIMS RDA president Harjit Singh Bhatti said, “This will continue till we get approval for the release of our revised pay according to the seventh central pay commission’s recommendations from the health ministry.”
“The government should realise the risk of working without food in hospital settings,” Bhatti added.
Earlier, the resident doctors wrote a letter to PM Modi wherein they stated that even one and half years after the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations and four months of allowance approval in other medical institutes, the AIIMS doctors here still didn’t get the revised pay because of administrative lapses.
In the letter, AIIMS RDA president Harjit Singh Bhatti said, “Even after four months of implementation of the revised allowances at the central government institutes like Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and other autonomous medical institutes like PGI Chandigarh, we are still awaiting a nod from the Health Ministry for getting it implemented here at AIIMS.”
The resident doctors approached the hospital administration but were told that the ministry was not giving them approval but after visiting the ministry, it said that it would take a long time, Bhatti claimed.
(With PTI inputs)