The doctors at Hindu Rao Hospital under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North MCD) have written to LG Anil Baijal seeking payment of their salaries and better facilities. The doctors salaries are yet to be paid despite the court intervening in the matter.
According to Dr Abhimanyu Sardana, president of Resident Doctors’ Association, they were provided salaries for March and April in July after the court’s intervention.
“The main problem is the clash between authorities — MCD and state govt are not on the same platform when it comes to payment of funds. It’s always a blame game,” Dr Sardana said.
“All we want is our salaries on time at least during the pandemic phase. If MCD cannot run Hindu Rao Hospital, they should hand it over to Delhi government,” he added.
After seeing the management and infrastructure of the hospital, new doctors are hesitant to join. There are more than 300 resident doctors and 600 plus professors and consultants hospital. There are more than 300 resident doctors and 600 plus professors and consultants hospital.
North MCD employs at least 1,000 senior doctors, 500 resident doctors, and 1,500 nursing officers across its medical facilities. All of their salaries have been delayed for three months.
Earlier in June, more than 350 resident doctors of two hospitals run by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation – Kasturba Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital have threatened to resign citing non-payment of salaries for the past three-four months. They have given the authorities one week’s notice for meeting their demands.
Medical associations have written multiple letters to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a hearing last month, the Supreme Court told the Centre that the country cannot afford to have dissatisfied soldiers in the war against the coronavirus pandemic, and asked authorities to go the extra mile to raise funds for them.