Tamil Nadu government vows to follow 8-hour duty rule for PG
Eight-hour duty with shift system will be strictly adhered to for post-graduate medical students in government medical college hospitals, but depending on exigencies, they have to perform their duty beyond duty hours considering the nobility of the profession, the state government informed the Madras high court on Tuesday.

M Indumathi, deputy director of medical education, also assured the court that a proper and effective mechanism should be put in place as to the compliance of a communication dated July 9, 2015, in connection with the duty hours of PG medical students.

Recording the submission, a division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee observed that when considerable amount of public money is spent to make such persons doctors, we should also preserve them to serve the society.

The issue pertains to a plea moved by doctor G R Ravindranath, general secretary of Doctors Association for Social Equality, seeking to implement 8-hour duty for PG students instead of the present 24/7 duty.

When the plea came up for hearing, the petitioner submitted that despite the communication dated July 9, 2015, the eight-hour duty time is hardly implemented, and PG students are compelled to work round the clock even without a weekly holiday.

“The notification was issued as a result of continuous agitations and representations made by the medical students’ community as well as social welfare organisations and doctors. The failure on the part of the directorate of medical education to implement the guidelines is causing serious consequences in the life of the post graduate and UG CRRI students,” the petitioner said.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/govt-vows-to-follow-8-hour-duty-rule-for-pg-docs-at-hospitals/articleshow/72132954.cms
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