Life for health care professionals like doctors and nurses is hard in present era, right from getting into medical college, passing the exams, gaining experience, work under new imposed legal environment, with over-regulation and under the moral burden of over-expectations of society. The benefit of these difficult situation is reaped to the maximum by administrators and overpowering medical industry.
Despite working amid of a national emergency in Covid-times, the meagre salaries of hundreds of doctor and nurses are not paid for months in Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi
Ironically where doctors are punished for small genuine mistakes or even poor prognosis during medical treatment, the blunders of health administrators are taken as trivial issues. More ruthlessness, cunningness or cruelty towards health care workers is possibly becoming an appreciated quality of health administrators. Why no punishment for the administrators for such blunders?
Consequently, with no support from society, to whom they serve, doctor and nurses gradually are pushed to a penal servitude. If this is regarded as normal in present era, anyone would wonder, what does slavery constitute?
The doctors alleged negligence and apathy on part of the government and said that they were unable to run their basic errands and accomplish their daily routine due to non-payment of salaries.
Irked over non-payment of salaries for over four months in a row, doctors at Delhi’s Hindu Rao Hospital announced that beginning Saturday, October 10, they would stop attending to patients including those suffering from Covid-19. Hindu Rao Hospital, the largest municipal hospital in Delhi with 900 beds, is currently a dedicated Covid-19 facility.The doctors alleged negligence and apathy on part of the government and said that they were unable to run their basic errands and accomplish their daily routine due to being unpaid for months.Abhimanyu Sardana, President of the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) of the hospital, said that several letters and reminders had been sent to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding the issue faced by the doctors, who are frontline warriors at the Covid-19 dedicated facility. “Don’t ignore the basic needs and rights of doctors,” wrote the RDA-Hindu Rao.
Be it any circumstances like working without any facilities, poor infrastructure, non-availability of drugs, inhuman duties hours over 48-72 hours or poor pay, the administrators would say, “you are a doctor, it is your moral responsibility.” Armchair preachers and administrators will always remind them of moral duties, but easily forget their own.