Just because public hospitals and medical schools may not have sufficient staff, authorities cannot force postgraduate medical students or undergraduate interns to work overtime, the High said. Madras Court. He then asked the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) to monitor the situation and ensure that they had served only the prescribed eight hours.
The first panel composed of Chief Judge Sanjib Banerjee and Judge PD Audikesavalu made the observation by ruling on a means which required the strict application of a notification of July 9, 2015, issued by the Directorate to provide eight hours of service by team day. postgraduate medical students and applicants for undergraduate Compulsory Rotary Residential Internships (CRRIs) in public hospitals and medical schools.
“There is no doubt that the provisions of the notification may have been violated during an emergency that occurred during both the first wave of the pandemic and the deadlier second wave,” the court said.
“However, official respondents say that from or around February there has been no violation and committees have been set up to have individual complaints brought before these committees in case a particular student should have spent more than eight hours a day, “the judiciary recorded while noting that in light of this, the petition appeared to have served its purpose.
The petitioner, Dr GR Ravindranath of the Association of Physicians for Social Equality, sought to offer an 8-hour service with a shift system to PG students and UG CRRI applicants in all faculties of medicine and all hospitals.