Junior doctors, interns get pay hike in West Bengal

The increment, w.e.f January, 2020, is aimed at boosting the morale of the staff and interns of state-run hospitals in West Bengal, amidst the pandemic.

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With an aim to motivate the junior doctors, interns and house staff at West Bengal’s state-run hospitals, the state government announced an increment in their salaries.

The pay hike is a welcome relief for the hospital staff who have been working tirelessly and selflessly during the pandemic. Despite the state government facing shortage of finances, it has decided to go ahead with the increments to show its appreciation for the hospital staff and their selfless service.

With this hike, the interns will now earn a stipend of Rs 28,050 per month, which is Rs 4,425 more than what they used to earn. House staff will now earn Rs 43,758 per month, which is Rs 5,367 more than they were earning until now.

Similarly, post-graduate trainees in their first, second, and third years will now earn Rs 43,758, Rs 47,124, and Rs 50,490 per month, respectively.

The first-year post-doctoral trainees will now earn Rs 53,856 a month, whereas the second-year and third-year trainees will earn Rs 57,222 and Rs 60,588, respectively.

The number of doctors and health workers testing COVID-19 positive is increasing rapidly across the country now. In Hyderabad, 79 doctors have tested positive in a span of two weeks. With over 9,000 cases in the country, India will soon cross the 2.5 lakh mark. Needless to say, the doctors, nurses and hospital staff attending to these patients are at maximum risk.

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