WHY not give them a Break: SC asks government for doctors on COVID duty
New Delhi: Consider granting a break to doctors engaged in COVID-19 duty for the last seven-eight months, the Supreme Court recently directed the centre while noting that the doctors are working continuously since the pandemic hit the country in March.
A bench headed by Justice Bhushan, while hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the proper treatment of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and mishandling of dead bodies, observed that continuous work might be affecting the mental health of doctors engaged in COVID-19 duty.
"For the last seven-eight months, doctors have not been given any break and are continuously working. You (Solicitor General) take instruction and think over giving them some break. It must be very painful and might be affecting their mental health," it added.
"None of the states have stated the number of covid hospitals and whether there is any protocol being followed. Some of them talking about 2016," said Justice MR Shah. The court then posted the matter for further hearing on Friday.