Non-payment of COVID allowance: Resident doctors in Gujarat hold sit-in protest
Ahmedabad: Distressed over the disparity in the allocation of duties and non-payment of COVID-19 allowances among several other issues, the resident doctors of Gujarat Cancer Society Medical College Hospital and Research Centre launched a sit-in protest, demanding the authorities to take note of their demands.
The protesting doctors' demands included equality in the distribution of duties and immediate payment of COVID allowance. They further pointed out that hospitals must not be overburdened with patients and the administration should ensure that only that amount of patients are accepted in the hospital which the infrastructure and the workforce can support.
Dr Yogendra Modi the superintendent at GCS confirmed that there are 350 COVID patients who are currently receiving treatment but the hospital has only the capacity of 18 ICU beds. Meanwhile, the authorities have clarified that they have raised the issue in front of the management and that demands will be addressed.
However, the resident doctors have reportedly started boycotting their duties from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and they have decided to continue the strike unless their demands are fulfilled or at least the authorities provide them a written statement assuring them that proper steps will be taken to alleviate their problems.