Junior doctors in Visakhapatnam stage protest demanding pay hike

Junior doctors in Visakhapatnam staged a protest at the COVID-19 hospitals in the city, Demanding hike in stipend, In The protest the junior doctors wore black badges.

Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors Association (APJUDA) President, Dr Deepchand has alleged that there is an increase of COVID-19 cases among doctors due to the lack of good quality protective gear. Pointing out that the stipend for the past three months has not been released by the government, the association representatives in Visakhapatnam demanded additional incentives for performing duties during the pandemic.

The federation members further urged the authorities to grant a hike in the stipend and enable insurance cover for the junior doctors affected by COVID-19. The APJUDA President mentioned that a representation, stating their demands has been submitted to Visakhapatnam District Collector, V Vinay Chand. Dr Deepchand informed that the District Collector ensured to release the stipend of the last three months. He said that over a thousand junior doctors and medicos in Visakhapatnam offer services at the KGH (King George Hospital)