Interns threaten with strike
Friday, 01 February 2008

TRAINING AT DMC

Staff Correspondent

Intern doctors and honorary medical officers at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday threatened to go for an indefinite-period strike if their demand for getting training opportunity was not accepted within 24 hours.

The ultimatum came from a demonstration of the alumni and present students of Dhaka Medical College, who continued agitation for the third consecutive day to press home their demand.

TRAINING AT DMC

Staff Correspondent

Intern doctors and honorary medical officers at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday threatened to go for an indefinite-period strike if their demand for getting training opportunity was not accepted within 24 hours.

The ultimatum came from a demonstration of the alumni and present students of Dhaka Medical College, who continued agitation for the third consecutive day to press home their demand.

The agitators, wearing black badges, brought out a silent procession and later staged a sit-in on the DMCH campus.

‘Our movement is not against anybody. We are demanding an unconditional opportunity for the DMC graduates in the postgraduate training courses, and a policy in this regard,’ one of the agitating doctors said. Meanwhile, the committee, formed with heads of all the departments, will hold a meeting with the hospital director and college principal.

The head of the committee, Professor Dr Abul Quasem Khandaker, however, will not attend the meeting. ‘I am busy with the post-graduate examinations. That’s why it will not be possible for me to attend the meeting,’ he said.

‘But I talked to the director and the principal and requested them to discuss the issue with other members of the committee and find out a suitable way to resolve the crisis centring training facilities for the DMC graduates.’

The DMC principal, Profe-ssor Kazi Dean Moham-mad, said, ‘A meeting of the committee that comprises all departmental heads will be held at 9:30am. The hospital director will also be present at the meeting and we will decide what to do.’

The agitation began following the ‘indifference’ of the authorities, who dropped the names of some doctors, also DMC graduates, from the post-graduate training list and allowed some graduates from different private medical colleges.

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