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My elder brother and sister in law are Interns at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh. I live in Dhaka for my work and whenever I come to my home in Chittagong, I hardly meet them because they are always out on their duties. I always wonder why they don't get any leave during the weekly holidays let alone getting any shift-breaks even during the "May Day"!! The reason behind this "EXTRA HOURS" is just the supervising doctors want to enjoy a good sleep at home or want to earn some extra currencies through examining patients in their own clinics outside the Medical College Hospital.Things are going on in this manner since months and my brother and sister in law along with their fellow interns are bearing the brunt of being "SO-CALLED INTERNS", whom the supervisors take as their slaves upon whom they can impose any commands they wish to. Once when an intern told her supervisor that she is not being able to carry on the continuous shifts as she was feeling weak and sick, the supervisor told her to get herself admitted into the hospital if she felt so weak but did not allow her to leave the premise. Today, my sister in law went to hospital at 8.00 am; it's now 9.00 at night but she is still at work and she called us to inform that she "HOPES" to come by tomorrow 10.00 pm after her evening shift of tomorrow ends. When I asked her what was the reason behind this "INHUMANLY" long schedule, she said that there were 16 interns at the Surgery department 12 of whom have completed their 63 days at the department and have moved to another. Now they are only 4 left to handle the whole department. My question is why there was no backup for taking up the responsibilities after the 12 interns changed the department. It was the supervisors' duty to design the work schedules in a way so that always there remains a healthy balance of interns in every department. These people lacked in that and for this, the interns have to go through the unbearable torture by these "SO-CALLED DOCTORS", whom we presume to be saving patients' lives but how many of us really know that they are killing some future doctors behind through killing their energy and productivity. What's happening in the Bangladeshi Medical College Hospitals is that- everyone is taking these things as normal. In fact, I wouldn't have even wrote about this today if I didn't have any nephew, who is only one year old and is currently going through a seasonal fever, and was crying the whole day searching for his mother to be by his side.

I strongly approach for an action against this cruel forced labor taking place in the Bangladesh Medical Industry. I don't want to see an Uncle Tom and Aunt Chloe in my family anymore.

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