On assurance, doctors at SKIMS Bemina suspend strike for day

On assurance, doctors at SKIMS Bemina suspend strike for day
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SRINAGAR: Resident doctors of SKIMS Hospital, Bemina on Thursday suspended their indefinite strike for a day following the assurance by the administration to end the pay disparity.
Spokesperson RDA SKIMS Bemina Dr Muzaffar Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that they met the hospital administration and faculty members who assured to end the pay discrepancy within shortest possible time.
“We have suspended the strike for one day because the administration and faculty members have promised us to give us written assurance on Friday for ending the pay disparity and keep it at par with the resident doctors of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar,” he said.
Ahmad added that they will call off the strike after there is official order in this regard.
“Our demand was to keep our pay at par with the resident doctors of SKIMS Soura or with the latest recommendations from GMC Srinagar since GMC rules are told to be applied to SKIMS Medical College,” he said.
“We also demand a revision of pay of senior residents, tutors, demonstrator, PGs and Junior residents as per 7th pay commission application, and revision of stipend of Interns as recommended by GMC Srinagar.”
Presently SKIMS MCH senior residents receive minimum among all medical colleges of J&K.
The salary of GMC Srinagar and Jammu was revised in Nov 2017 but was not applied to SKIMS Bemima.
The stipend of SKIMS Soura doctors was revised last month but it wasn’t applied to SKIMS Bemina.
The patient care at the institute remained affected for three consecutive days because of strike.
Medical Superintendent, Dr Shifa Deva told Kashmir Reader that the administration had agreed to most of the demands of resident doctors.
“They will get pay at par with GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu. Their pay will also be revised as per 7th pay commission recommendations,” she said.