SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday welcomed the government decision to increase the pay of junior residents and registrars at government medical colleges and dental colleges at Srinagar and Jammu.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said the decision to raise the salary would bring huge relief to hundreds of resident doctors.
Finance Minister, as per a statement, on Monday in a meeting of the Pay Anomaly Committee decided to bring the stipend of GMC resident doctors at par with their counterparts in SKIMS.
Dr Hassan said while at SKIMS, a postgraduate is paid Rs 54,000 per month, at GMC it was a paltry, Rs 24,000. “The monthly salary of a senior resident at SKIMS is Rs 57,000 while at GMC it was just Rs 35,000. The doctors at GMC work as much as their counterparts at SKIMS and the pay disparity was unjustified. The difference in monthly stipend was having a knocking down effect on the functioning of GMC and was taking a heavy toll on patient care,” he said.
He said many doctors preferred their post-graduation courses at SKIMS because of low wages at medical colleges. “The resident doctors are the backbone of tertiary care hospitals and they play a pivotal role in patient care at these crucial life-saving assets. The system at these health institutions is running because resident doctors work round the clock,” he said.
DAK president expressed hope that with the implementation of 7th pay commission, the pay of doctors in JK will be brought at par with their counterparts in rest of the country. He said poor wages are responsible for migration of highly qualified doctors which has severely affected the key areas in the healthcare. “We have lost the best trained doctors to bad pay and nothing is being done to hold back these expensively