VISAKHAPATNAM: Representatives from Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors’ Association (APJUDA) met state health minister A Kali Krishna Srinivas on Sunday morning at Eluru, West Godavari, over several issues. APJUDA representatives will meet the health minister again with separate representation on each of the issues, as asked by the minister, within 10 days.
Dr N Deepchand, president of APJUDA, Andhra Medical College (AMC) said, “We discussed around 12 issues with the health minister. Some of the important ones included, improvement of hostel infrastructure in all government medical colleges and hike in stipends.”
“We are supposed to get 15 % hike every two years as per a GO, which was issued between 2014-2018. We want the GO to be renewed for 2020 and timely stipends. PG doctors of Andhra get the lowest stipends of Rs 35,000-Rs 39,000 based on the year of study, while our Telangana counterparts get Rs 45,000-Rs 49,000. Most of the other states have a higher stipends for PG doctors compared to AP,” he said.
The APJUDA has also requested not to pass the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill and not to encourage RMPs or quacks to treat patients. “Allowing quacks to practice will further downgrade the healthcare system. We also asked for lab facilities for PHCs. The minister asked us to send separate representatives to the secretariat with each of the issues and within a week to 10 days we would be going again,” added Dr Deepchand.