Patients suffers as doctors continue strike at SKIMS Bemina

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The ongoing doctors’ strike at SKIMS Medical College Bemina here, to seek removal of pay anomaly, has hit the patient care.   
The working in both Out Patient Department (OPD) and In-Patient Department (IPD) remained severely affected today. The doctors, under the banner of Resident Doctors Association, have been protesting for removal of pay disparity. The Association has called for “indefinite strike” citing that authorities have failed to fulfill the assurances made earlier.
“Our protests are peaceful. Our demand is based on principles of justice. We deserve equality,” said Dr Dawood Banday, vice president of the association.  
He said authorities called on police today to stop doctors’ entry at main gate “instead of addressing our genuine demands.” “The principal has also issued termination orders of some doctors and demonstrators (teachers) to suppress our voices.”
“We are demanding to bring us at par with our counterparts working in SKIMS Soura. However, we have been told that our hospital is governed by rules of Government Medical College Srinagar. But the fact is that our salaries are even lesser than GMC doctors,” said Dr Riyaz, president of the association.
“The government Medical College has recently issued assurances to the doctors that their salaries will be hiked. We hail the decision. However, the authorities who are supposed to put us at par with our GMC counterparts are not even uttering a word which has forced us to protest.”

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