“The doctors cannot pursue a career in other hospitals unless they are relieved by DMER.”

Mumbai : Nearly 20 doctors from the state are unemployed over the past three months as the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) have failed to issue a bond-release to them after they were declined a bond (job) in their own specialised department. Further, these doctors claim that this has taken a toll on their career as they are unemployed and cannot even pursue a career at other medical institutions’ until they provided with a bond-release.

In their statewide strike in July, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had demanded bonds for doctors under which all the doctors would be provided a job in their own specialised field and department. The demand was accepted by DMER which stated the doctors will be provided with a bond in their specialised departments.

However, despite writing letters to the DMER since July, the doctors are still waiting for the DMER to take appropriate action. Dr Sagar Mundada, president of Central MARD, said: “Firstly, the DMER has failed to provide doctors with a job in their specialised departments and now they are not even providing a bond-release to these doctors. This document is crucial as the doctors cannot pursue a career in other hospitals unless they are relieved by the DMER. The result is that a post-graduate doctor is now unemployed.”

Central MARD said they would decide their next step  after a discussion with DMER officials scheduled on Saturday.

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