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Delhi Doctors Left Empty Handed Despite Covid Duty, Salary Delays

Junior doctors posted on the makeshift Covid care facility underneath GTB health center at the Ramlila ground have not been paid for the past four months, medicos at the clinical facility said.

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Junior Resident Doctor Manu Garg said, “This Covid facility under GTB health center commenced in March 2021. For the final 4 months, we are not getting our salaries. The accounts department usually says ‘ask the consultants’. They say the report has not been handed in by way of the Health Ministry.”

During the second wave of Covid-19, Delhi had witnessed a sudden spike in Covid instances that overburdened its fitness systems. To ramp up potential, the Delhi government opened a 500-bed in-depth care facility near the Ramlila ground attached to Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital in east Delhi.

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A similar facility was also opened at Ramlila Maidan below Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital.

Medical Graduate Dr. Manu Garg stated, “We MBBS doctors are published as ‘Covid warriors’. When the facility commenced, there have been over 150 junior residents, however as they (government) started reducing the responsibilities and not on time the primary earnings, most of them left.”

He said the Covid control group began decreasing the junior medical doctor’s duty to six shifts consistent with the month. Gradually, it got here down to a single or double obligation in a month as the instances are beneath managed in the countrywide capital.

“We have been hired on an honorarium of Rs 6,000 per duty. It has come to depend on our livelihood on the duty of Rs 6,000 in a month. And even that has not been paid for the final 4 months”, stated Garg.

The junior doctors said even though the everyday Covid instances are declining, the dengue cases are hovering within the town.

Junior Doctors Ordered To Be On Day Shifts

As per the Delhi Government’s order, all state-run hospitals must use one-0.33 of the Covid-19 beds for remedy of dengue, malaria and chikungunya patients. However, the pointers are not being followed, the junior doctors said.

An order from Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital concerning the re-engagement of clinical manpower reads that these junior medical doctors, posted as specialists, might be on a day shift basis to manage Covid sufferers until December 21.

“We were appointed for three months to begin with, however after this order, the contract was prolonged till December. July 27 was the remaining date when we got our revenue”, said Abhishek.

The medical doctors stated that the reluctant mindset of the management has left junior docs in dismay.

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