Egypt’s Medical Syndicate complains about low pay for intern doctors

Ahram Online , Friday 22 Apr 2022

Egypt’s Medical Syndicate (EMS) called on Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait on Thursday to tackle the problem of the intern doctors’ salaries, which it says are “a lot lower than mandated by law.”

Egypt s Doctors syndicate
Egypt s Doctors syndicate

According to the syndicate’s statement issued on Thursday, intern doctors nationwide are suffering from cuts to their monthly salaries they get for their mandatory internships in public university hospitals.

Ayman Salem, the secretary general of the syndicate, stated that according to the medical profession law of 1954, intern doctors should receive a monthly salary equal to 80 percent of what a resident doctor receives.

He added that the average salary of a resident doctor is EGP 3,600 and thus the intern doctor should be paid nearly EGP 2,988.

Syndicate board member Dr Eman Salama was quoted in the statement as saying that while payment differs from one university to another, they are commonly less than EGP 2,000, which is in violation of the law.

Salama added that it was unacceptable to reduce the intern doctors’ salaries when they are suffering from inflation and a surge in consumer prices.

She noted that the conditions for intern doctors improved last year as the syndicate’s bylaws were amended to allow for better training and their inclusion into the health insurance system. Moreover, the medical profession law was amended to add them to the medical dangers fund.

However, despite these changes, the intern doctors have been surprised to find their pay below the minimum required level.

Hundreds of the intern doctors already presented their complaints to the syndicate individually and in groups representing different universities, the syndicate said.

In April 2020, the Egyptian government announced that it raised the salary of intern doctors who work in university hospitals to EGP 2,200 per month.

Syndicate board member Dr Ahmed El-Sayed stated that the syndicate is giving priority to the young doctors’ problems and communicating with the parties in question to solve those problems as part of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi efforts to support and to encourage young doctors to work in Egypt and to limit their immigration abroad.

From 2019 through March 2022, 11,536 doctors have resigned from the Egyptian public health sector, the syndicate said in a report issued on 14 April.

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