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BSMMU postgraduate doctors protest in Shahbagh for better pay

Their demands include an increase in monthly allowances from Tk20,000 to Tk50,000

Update : 16 Jul 2023, 02:18 PM

Doctors enrolled in postgraduate residency programs at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) have initiated protests in Shahbagh, Dhaka, advocating for higher monthly allowances, timely payments, and the clearance of dues.

At the behest of the Postgraduate Private Trainee Doctors Association, the protesters began a sit-in program near the Shahbagh intersection at 10am on Sunday. 

In anticipation of the demonstration, police personnel were deployed to maintain order. 

However, when the protesters attempted to march from the BSMMU campus to the Shahbagh intersection, they were halted at the gate by law enforcement officers, reports media.

The protesters, however, began chanting slogans and demonstrating in front of the gate. 

Their demands include an increase in monthly allowances from Tk20,000 to Tk50,000. 

The postgraduate doctors, from both BSMMU and Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS), declared an indefinite strike, which commenced at 11am on July 8. 

On July 9, they also staged a mass hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar premises.

Dr Jabir Hossain, president of the association, told media that despite repeated assurances from the authorities, the issue remained unresolved. Consequently, the trainee doctors have been protesting for the past two months.

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