Non-uniformity of medical education is treating medical students as slaves and killing enthusiasm of young doctors.
Medical profession is an extremely strenuous and highly specialised field that requires individuals to dedicate their lives in the service of others. As part of medical professionals’ education and training, they are necessitated to undertake training across various settings. In this context, a stipend is paid as a matter of right and not charity. It is therefore essential that parity and equity be maintained across all medical institutions, whether run by private bodies or by the government. In absence of proper Governance and rules, the young doctors are thrown at the mercy of cruel businessman for proper pay and working conditions.
Ensure uniform stipend to Interns: Binoy Viswam, Rajya Sabha MP
Great disparity in stipend at Govt. Private Colleges
Medical education is one field where one can notice the extreme variations of the unimaginable magnitude that are beyond comfort.
Falling standards of medical education is the most important side effect which should be an important issue, but sadly it is the last priority on the list of administrators. Each and every medical college can be different and student passing out of many colleges receive below average medical education.
Another important variation is in the stipend and remuneration of young trainee doctors receive. It varies from college to college, city to city, state to state as well as North to South and East to West. Besides being a cause for heartburn. it is a cause for extreme dissatisfaction among medical students.
Needless to say the arbitrariness exercised by various authorities to pay them at their will is a reflection of grave injustice imposed by administrators.
Another arbitrariness reflecting injustice is variation in fee of medical colleges. The steep fee charged by private medical colleges and restrictive bonds of Government medical colleges in name of expensive medical seats need a sincere and honest introspection by authorities. The basis for calculations of the cost of medical education should be transparent and shown in public domain.
Needless to say that medical students have been sufferers of poor and arbitrariness of inept administrative policies. Just because they decided to be doctors, they have to endure poor, unjust and arbitrary policies.
Ironically as a child decides to be a doctor, he is exploited in name of such policies of unreasonable high fee, poor education and low pay. That too while working in extremely inhuman conditions, long and hard working hours. Strangely these medical students suffer grave injustice inflicted by the society since start of their medical education, but when they become doctors, everyone expects sympathy, empathy and honesty.
In absence of proper Governance and rules, the young doctors are thrown at the mercy of cruel businessman.
Still the sufferers of grave injustice themselves are expected to impart justice to everyone along with burden of mistrust.
Ensure uniform stipend to Interns: Great disparity in stipend at Govt. Private Colleges
Binoy Viswam, Rajya Sabha MP, has urged Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to ensure equity in payment of internship to medical students in private and government medical colleges across the country.In a letter to the Minister, Mr. Viswam said that the National Medical Commission’s Draft Regulations on Compulsory Rotating Internship, 2021, issued on April 21 and gazetted on November 18, had said that all interns shall be paid stipend “as fixed by the appropriate fee fixation authority as applicable to the institution/university/State.”
“The phrasing of this provision allowed for great ambiguity and arbitrariness. It may also result in management of private colleges denying stipend to the interns as they have complete discretion without any safeguarding mechanism. The ramifications of the same are already being seen in colleges across the country as great variance exists in stipend amounts being paid in government colleges as opposed to private colleges,” he pointed out.
A right, not charity
Mr. Viswam said that medical profession was an extremely strenuous and highly specialised field that required individuals to dedicate their lives in the service of others. “As part of medical professionals’ education and training, they are necessitated to undertake internships across various settings. In this context, a stipend is paid as a matter of right and not charity. It is therefore essential that parity and equity be maintained across all medical institutions, whether run by private bodies or by the government,” he said.
The MP requested the Minister to consult with all stakeholders, including State governments, medical college managements, medical professionals, and students to formulate a policy that ensures equity among medical students. A uniform stipend to all interns would ensure that, he added.
The erstwhile Medical Council of India had come up with a public notice on January 25, 2019, on Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997. The Board of Governors that superseded the MCI was considering a provision that said “All the candidates pursuing compulsory rotating internship at the institution from which MBBS course was completed, shall be paid stipend on par with the stipend being paid to the interns of the State government medical institution/Central government medical institution in the State/Union Territory where the institution is located.” However, it was not gazetted until the Board was dissolved.
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