As Nagpur city has been under the spell of COVID-19 second wave causing chaos in the city due to rapid surge in daily cases and death about 300 interns, 200 of Government Medical College and Hospital Nagpur & 150 of Indira Gandhi Government College went on strike from Tuesday, in support of their long-pending demands.
These medical interns have been demanding parity in allowances with those in Mumbai and Pune. They have also demanded health insurance cover and implementation of quarantine period after Covid duty, as per the protocol.
A memorandum was submitted by the interns to Divisional Commissioner and District Collector in 2020. However, nothing has been done on the demands so far.
The government is giving Rs 1000/day allowance to Nurses and we interns do not get any such provision in Maharashtra.
The interns have demanded that “Rs 50,000 should be sanctioned to all intern in the state as given to Mumbai and Pune intern last year”.
“Meals, travel incentive allowance of Rs. 300 / – per day must be given to them. A quarantine facility should be arranged after Covid duty. If you fall ill during that time, the government should take the responsibility of treatment” reads the press note.
“The government should provide health insurance to all intern doctors”.
We have decided that 3000 intern doctors of Maharashtra batch of 2016 will not join Covid duty (internship) until our demands are met or a written assurance is received the interns informed.
Taking cognizance on the demands a discussion with Divisional Commissioner was held and a decision for the same is likely to be taken by tomorrow informed Shubham Nagre Medical intern.