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Trainee doctors to resume work from Saturday on five conditions

They came up with an official announcement from a press conference on Thursday

Update : 20 Jul 2023, 04:23 PM

The private postgraduate trainee doctors have announced to resume their work from next Saturday under five conditions.

The leaders of the Postgraduate Private Trainee Doctors Association officially announced this at a press conference held at the Bangladesh Crime Reporters Association (Crab) auditorium on Thursday.

The association's president Dr Zabir Hossain, general secretary Dr Nurunnabi and top leaders of the organization were present in the press conference.

Demanding a hike in their monthly stipends to Tk50,000 from Tk20,000, postgraduate private trainee doctors staged a sit-in in Shahbagh on Sunday, they informed in the press conference. 

Then on Monday, a delegation of trainee doctors held meeting with Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) President Dr Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) VC Prof Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed, Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (Swachip) President Prof Dr Jamal Uddin, Secretary General Prof Dr Kamrul Hasan Milan and Professor Dr Titu Mia, director general of the Department of Health Education.

After a long discussion, the following decisions were taken:

1. The monthly allowance of private postgraduate trainee doctors will be increased from Tk20,000 to Tk25,000 with effect from this July.

2. Allowance will be given monthly to FCPS trainees.

3. Two working days per week will be allowed as holiday and there will be no interruption in private practice.

4. No disciplinary action will be taken for academic absence while in movement. 

5. It has been promised to increase the allowance by another step from next January.

At the press conference, the private post-graduate trainee doctors who were agitating to increase the allowance to Tk50,000 said that there was no other option but to accept the conditions.

Dr Zabir said: “Following those assurances and considering the dengue situation, we are going back to work from next Saturday.

“But if the decisions taken are not implemented, then again we will go to a strict program. It is also informed that the doctors will join the workplace by submitting a memorandum to the administration next Saturday,” he added.

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