Give appointment letters to resident doctors, court tells AIIMS

July 15th, 2008 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Anbumani Ramadoss

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday came down heavily on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and asked it to furnish appointment letters over 100 senior resident doctors who were already working with the institute. While hearing two petitions filed on behalf of the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) Justice S.N. Aggarwal said: “Everyone knows what was happening for the last two years. Don’t harass them (resident doctors) without any reason.”

The judge was referring to the face-off between Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and former AIIMS director P. Venugopal, who retired this month.

Nishakant Pandey, one of the two lawyers arguing the case on behalf of the RDA, told IANS: “The honourable justice gave a dressing down to AIIMS counsel Mukul Gupta for creating confusion among the resident doctors about their career and asked the institute to give appointment letters to the medicos.”

He quoted Justice Aggarwal as saying, “Don’t wash your dirty linen here, remove the dirt from the court.”

Pandey said unless AIIMS furnishes the appointment letters, it would give a clear-cut final direction to the medical college on Sep 5.

Expressing happiness over the court observation, AIIMS RDA president Kumar Harsh said: “After a long struggle we have achieved our long due.”

“Our senior residents, who were facing an uncertain future since they were being given extensions every month instead of an appointment letter for three years, are relieved today,” Harsh told IANS.

“To be honest, these professional hassles were affecting our efficiency. The court observation will benefit 104 senior resident doctors. We are grateful to the judiciary,” he added.

AIIMS, considered the best medical college in the country, treats over 8,000 patients every day. There are nearly 500 senior faculties but around 1,200 RDA members do the bulk of the job.

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