Srinagar: If the strike by resident doctors at SKIMS Soura wasn’t bad enough, now resident doctors at SKIMS Bemina have gone on “indefinite strike” over what they call pay disparity. They have also threatened to close down emergency services.
The doctors’ strike has affected patient care in all the departments since Tuesday. The striking doctors say there is huge disparity between the pay of resident doctors at SKIMS Soura and those at SKIMS Bemina.
“The pay of SKIMS Bemina doctors is far less than of their colleagues in SKIMS Soura, which is gross injustice with us. This is in violation of Supreme Court and MCI guidelines. We appear in a similar exam, do the same kind of work, but there is a huge gap between our pay,” said a group of agitating doctors.
Due to the strike, the working of the Out Patient Department (OPD) as well as the In-Patient Department (IPD) has been severely affected. Patients are helplessly bearing the brunt.
A senior doctor said that nearly 150 resident dorctos are on strike. “Resident doctors everywhere in the world form the backbone of tertiary-care hospitals. When they go on strike, it results in chaos and breakdown of the system,” the senior doctor said.
The junior doctors have threatened to suspend services in the emergency ward if their demands are not met.
“All we demand is a written order issued by the Finance Department wherein the issue of our low pay should be addressed. There is a huge difference between our pay and the pay of other doctors. The difference is despite the fact that we are working under tremendous pressure all the time,” the agitating doctors said.
While the junior doctors are adamant on their demand, the Principal and the Medical Superintendent of the hospital have both failed to pacify the medicos during their meetings with them in the past few days.
“We don’t need oral assurances but a written order. As soon as we receive the copy of the written order, we will end the strike and return to our work,” the doctors said.
Due to the pay anomaly, SKIMS Bemima doctors have often been at loggerheads with the SKIMS administration. The difference in pay has also resulted in the shortage of doctors at the Bemina institute.