The Maharashtra State Medical Teachers Association (MSMTA) has demanded a time-limited written assurance on their demands and said it will decide the future course of its turmoil, which has already reached 45 days, when of a general meeting to be held on Tuesday.
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The teaching staff demanded the regularization of positions, the full deployment of the seventh salary commission and time-limited promotions.
“Despite positive discussions between the Secretary of State for Medical Education Saurabh Vijay and our representatives, there has been no time-limited written assurance from the State to our various demands,” said the Dr Sameer Golawar, secretary of the MSMTA, to The Indian Express.
At BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital in Pune, Dr Ibrahim Ansari, president of the Pune branch of the MSMTA, said they would attend Tuesday’s meeting and await instructions from the central unit of the MSMTA. MSMTA on the way forward. “As we strive to protect the interests of patients, the state must also understand our grievances and respond to our demands,” Dr Ansari said.
“Our main demand is to regularize the services of 300 medical professors in 19 government medical schools in the state. Assurances have been given repeatedly by the state that these temporary medical professors are working in sanctioned positions and legally selected through a departmental selection committee will be perpetuated. They have worked for two years without interruption during the Covid pandemic at the cost of their lives,” said Dr Golawar.
Allowances according to the seventh wages commission must also be granted, said Dr Golawar. “There is no career advancement for our medical teachers, even though they worked so hard during the pandemic, at a time when private hospitals were not entertaining covid patients. Why is there so much government apathy? Over the past month and a half, there have been demonstrations and peaceful protests,” Dr Golawar said.
However, according to Dr Golawar, on Monday more than 1,000 pre-planned surgeries were postponed at several state-run medical schools as teachers and doctors withdrew from clinical work.
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