Doctors on COVID duty at NESCO jumbo center alleges non-payment of salaries by BMC
Maharashtra: Around 137 contractual private doctors including specialists, dentists, and ayurvedic physicians extending their services at NESCO Jumbo centre, one of the most important COVID facilities in the state have been allegedly not paid salary since June.
These doctors and health care workers were recruited by the BMC to address the scarcity of healthcare workers amidst the pandemic. However, the doctors are alleging that the civic body has failed to clear their due payment of salary from June.
After the COVID-19 outbreak, with the increasing number of COVID patients, there was a marked scarcity of health care workers in the state as it was one of the states with the most number of COVID affected victims. According to a recent media report, BMC decided to recruit private practitioners to treat patients with mild symptoms.
These contractual doctors include the bachelor of homoeopathy doctors who were supposed to be paid rupees 60000 and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) doctors who were supposed to be paid Rs 80000. It also included specialist doctors who were to get a monthly salary of Rs 1 lakhs.