RDA, PGIMS Rohtak observe 'pen down' against Haryana MBBS bond policy; asks to meet demands within 24 hours
Ishita Ranganath|Nov 19, 2022
NEW DELHI: MBBS Students at Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak have planned to enter an indefinite strike protesting against the Haryana MBBS bond policy.
"State govt released Service Bond policy under which medical students have to work for 7 years. If a student fails to do so, Rs 40 lakhs has to be given to govt. Problem is the state govt has not made any policy of assured employment" said PGI Rohtak, MBBS student, Navya to ANI. "We have planned to enter into an indefinite hunger strike if govt fails to listen to our demand of removing the bank from the policy" she adds.
The RDA addresses the PGIMS director in a letter today and gives an ultimatum to withdraw emergency services, ICU services and labour services from 8 AM on November 26, 2022 if their demands are not met with a solution. "This measure is being taken in view of the indifferent attitude of the concerned authorities and the onus of any mishappening in the current circumstances shall lie directly on the government." read the letter.
In addition to this, a general body meeting of the Haryana State Medical Teachers Association (HSMTA) was held today and was attended by the representatives of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising of HSMTA, non-teaching association and nursing association of PGMIS Rohtak.
"In view of the support for the ongoing protest of the bond policy and an apprehension raised by the faculty from the newspaper regarding common cadre and online transfer policy despite a written assurance by the Honorable Health Minister, JAC shall not be able to run the OPD and elective OT with effect from November 25, 2022" read a letter from the JAC addressed to the vice-chancellor of PGIMS Rohtak.
The letter also stated that only the emergency services, intensive care unit (ICU) along with indoor services will available and be taken care of by faculty members and paramedical staff. JAC requests to make alternative arrangements for referral of patients to nearby government facilities for patient care.
"We are hereby withdrawing all our services from OPD, wards and elective OT from November 24, 2022. If the government and competent authorities do not give any positive response in 48 hours then emergency services will be withdrawn,” the RDA said in a letter, yesterday.
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