Bhopal, July 24: Junior doctors at the five government medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh have collectively resigned, said media reports on Tuesday. State president of Junior Doctors Association (JUDA) Sachet Saxena said that they would not be attending any classes. They would also vacate their hostel rooms. Earlier, reports had suggested that the doctors would go on strike from the coming Monday. (Also read: AIIMS Doctors Work Through Night as Junior Doctors Continue Strike)

The decision reportedly came after talks with the administration failed. The move is likely to affect medical services as junior doctors in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalio, Rewa and Jabalpur have put in their papers. ANI said 500 junior doctors of Rewa’s Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Bhopal’s Gandhi Memorial Hospital had resigned. They have been demanding an increase in their stipend. JUDA is also demanding a rollback in exam fee as laid down by the MP Medical Science University for PG students. Among their demands are better hostels and hospitals and a provision of senior residentship for diploma candidates.

A JUDA member was quoted in local media as saying, “We ran a parallel OPD just to draw the attention of the government towards our demands, but to no avail. We had also informed our HoDs and boss regarding our demands. But even they looked the least bothered.”

According to local media, JUDA is demanding a stipend of Rs 69,000 per month for third-year PG residents, Rs 67,000 for second-year PG residents and Rs 65,000 for first-year PG residents, Rs 50,000 per month for junior residents and Rs 20,000 for interns.