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The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice on a plea by doctors of Army College of Medical Sciences seeking payment of monthly stipend during the period of one-year internship. The petitioners are doctors who are presently doing one year compulsory internship at Army Base Hospital in New Delhi.
The internship being referred to is a mandatory one-year posting that doctors have to work in the Army Base Hospital after completing their MBBS degree. While issuing the notice, a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud also asked the counsel for the respondent college to look into the complaint of the petitioners.
“I’ll look into it,” said the lawyer. The petitioners have argued that non-payment of stipend is against the National Medical Commission (Compulsory Rotational Medical Internship) Regulations, 2021.
It has been said in the petition that except the Army College of Medical Sciences, all other medical colleges have been giving regular stipend to their candidates. It was pointed out that most of the petitioner students are not residents of Delhi and they have to take care of their accommodation, food and other expenses while undertaking one year internship. So, without regular stipend, it would be impossible for them to survive in Delhi.