Written by Sarah King, M.D. '17
This week brought the strike of the junior and senior resident medical officers (JRMO and SRMO). They have gone on strike for a number of reasons, including salary, but also because there is no guaranteed job once they finish the first two years of post-graduate training. Typically, after these two years doctors will work in a rural area for at least a year, a way of “giving back” to the government. Unfortunately, although there are not enough open posts for the graduating SRMOs, the government will not issue permits to work in private practice leave the country. As a result, after seven years of training, a large proportion of them will not be able to find work.