Graduates of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programs are a bitterly disappointed group as they have been preparing for the 2021 national cum Entrance Test-Postgraduate (NEET-PG) eligibility exam for a year now, but the central government announced it had been postponed to August 31, 2021, given the Covid situation. This is the second time that the exam has been postponed.

On Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced: “NEET-PG 2021 has been postponed for at least four months and the exam will not take place until August 31, 2021. Students will have at least one month after the announcement. of the examination before it is carried out. Medical interns will be assigned to Covid management functions under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the internship rotation. “

In addition, the PMO said, “The services of final year MBBS students can be used to provide teleconsultation and follow-up of mild cases of Covid after appropriate orientation by and under the supervision of faculty. Qualified B.Sc./GNM nurses may be employed in full-time Covid nursing duties under the supervision of doctors and nurses. Medical personnel completing 100 days of Covid service will be awarded the Government of India’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman and priority in future government recruitments. “

Angered by the Centre’s superficial promises, the students said they were already on Covid duty, logging in for up to 60 hours a week at work. They say they are already doing their homework despite the paper tokenisms presented by the government, but that they would really like to continue their career advancement reviews.

Day after day, these students, also called junior resident doctors, work in close contact with Covid patients, being at risk of contracting the infection all the time. So they find it strange that the government cites the Covid risk for these students when it comes to conducting NEET-PG, a key exam for their postgraduate studies.

Aman Gour, a junior resident physician, said, “We got our MBBS degrees for a reason. It is our professional duty to perform Covid-19 tasks. We are already working in hospitals because our NEET-PG exam has been postponed, so the central government does not need to show superficially that it will give us a national Samman service or promise a government job if we fulfill the Covid duties. for 100 days. We do not want “Sammaan”, we are already fulfilling our duties regardless of these peripheral promises. “

Virti Sharma, another junior resident physician, said: “It is ironic that the government postponed the NEET-PG exam to April for the safety of medical students. And now, all of a sudden, the central government itself is pushing us to go and perform Covid duties for at least 100 days. Where has the concern for our security disappeared? We could have appeared for the three and a half hour exam, because anyway, we risk our lives and work in hospitals every day, monitoring patients with Covid-19.