AMRITSAR: Medical services in all the three government medical hospitals of Punjab may be hampered after nearly 250 MBBS interns announced to go on strike if the government didn’t give them Rs 15000 per month internship as given to regular interns.
About 250 MBBS students of two private medical colleges of Punjab namely Gian Sagar Medical College, Banaur and Chintpurani Medical College , Pathankot were shifted to various medical colleges of Punjab including private by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot after both the colleges were shut down by the state government on the directions of Medical Council of India, said Dr. J P Singh, president of Union Resident Doctors of Punjab (URDP) while talking to TOI on Monday.
One of the MBBS intern who didn’t wish to give his name said that the MBBS course had started on October 3, 2016 and the colleges were shut down on January 31,2017 after they (colleges ) failed to fulfill the MCI’s guidelines adding that the MBBS students of these colleges were shifted to various medical colleges on June 13, 2017. He said they had recently cleared their final professional exam on April 10,2021 and started their internship under Punjab Medical Council from April 12, 2021.
Singh said that not only the URDP but the medical associations of all the three medical colleges of Punjab had extended their support to the interns and would join their strike if government didn’t starte paying them Rs 15000 per month internship as given to the regular interns.
On Monday, the interns at Government Medical College, Amritsar, staged a silent protest in support of their demand. “We are performing all the medical duties like front warriors and at least expect from the government to not discriminate with us” said another agitating student who also didn’t wish to give his name.
Stating that all the nearly 250 shifted MBBS interns didn’t receive their internship for their first month , J P Singh said they had written to the governor, chief minister, health minister, etc. and if they didn’t listen to their demand they would be forced to go for a strike which could further put a strain on the already struggling health services.