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Postgraduate, intern doctors call off strike after health minister's assurance

Update : 28 Mar 2024, 22:38

Postgraduate trainees and intern doctors today called off their strike as Health Minister Samanta Lal Sen assumed them of increasing allowance.

Leaders of the Postgraduate Private Trainee Doctors Association announced the withdrawal of the strike after a meeting with the minister at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery here.
 
Sen said the demand for a rise in doctors' allowances is 'logical' and he 'agrees' with the demands.

"It will be difficult for them to live if the wage is not increased in the context of current market conditions. I agreed with their demands from the beginning of the protest as they are the driving force of the hospitals."

"I spoke to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the issue. She was kind and said she would work to meet the demands, urging doctors to return to work."

The physicians have been demonstrating for long demanding for a raise the allowance of postgraduate trainees to Taka 50,000. The amount was raised to Taka 25,000 from Taka 20,000 last year, but the physicians were not satisfied with the increase.

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