Covid-Warriors or Beggars: Doctors without pay


    Imagine a highly skilled professional community, which can be harassed, assaulted, dragged to courts and subjected to cruelty beyond imagination. Ironically, the despise to this community  comes from the  very people, whom they are trying to save.      

     Even the rightful is denied in a shameless manner, as if their lives don’t matter. During pandemic, doctor and nurses treated as dispensable disposables. A mere lip service to call them Covid-warriors  was performed, but real treatment  to these selfless health workers was akin to sacrificial lambs. 

    The plight of doctors of Hindu Rao Hospital is just an indication of the real thought process and apathy of administrators. If doctors are forced to beg for  basic fundamental rights, their situation is worse than beggars. The current unfortunate situation is enough to  convey  a message to the medical profession, the nation and is  demoralizing the entire doctor community, more so to the aspiring doctors.

Doctors at Hindu Rao Hospital unpaid for months

    Irked over non-payment of salaries, doctors and staff members of North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Hindu Rao Hospital have decided to sit on indefinite agitation from Monday onwards. The emergency services will, however, operate smoothly.

The doctors and staff members of the hospitals have not been paid since June. Last week, the staffers were on a ‘Pen Down Strike’ from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to display their ordeal. According to the civic body, the matter is being looked into.

The letter written by the Resident Doctor Association to the hospital administration stated, “We apologise to announce that we are forced to go for an indefinite agitation w.e.f. October 5, 2020 considering strictly ‘No pay, No work’, while operating the emergency services smoothly.”

It added, “The chronic sufferings of the staff have been too agonizing and intractable where it is distressing to one’s mental and physical well-being, We strongly plea to you for releasing 3 months’ pay and giving us an immediate permanent solution. We also demand a formal notice regarding the same.”

The association rued that despite the High Court Order and repetitive intimations in the past, the salaries of North MCD doctors and staff are long overdue for three months and its ongoing four months.

Besides Hindu Rao hospital, doctors and nurses of other hospitals like Maharishi Valmiki Infectious Diseases, Kasturba Hospital, Girdhari Lal Maternity Hospital and Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis have also been protesting over non-payment of dues.

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