Hindu Rao Hospital is run by NDMC(North Delhi Municipal Corporation). Since June the municipal corporation run hospital has been a covid dedicated hospital. Until yesterday 23 patients were admitted. Doctors and nurses of the hospital have begun a strike today for non-payment of their salaries for the last four months.
Doctors and nurses of Delhi’s COVID-19 Hospital on strike over non-payment of salaries:
About 220 resident doctors and 3000 nursing staff have stopped working for several weeks due to nonpayment of the salary. The patients have been shifted to other hospitals by the Delhi government. Few patients are transferred to LNJP hospital while two are shifted to Aruna Asif Ali Hospital. Three patients were critical and hence they were retained and senior doctors will look after them. Other patients have been discharged.
NDMC blames the Delhi Government for not paying its dues. Also, it has cited the fund crunch due to pandemic. Satyender Jain, Delhi’s Health Minister said that if the corporation is not able to run the hospital, it should hand it over to the government. A resident doctor told NDTV that at this age also, they are compelled to seek money from their parents because their salaries are not given despite working for hours. Another resident doctor says that payment delays is a recurring issue and there is no permanent resolution.
Dr Abhimanyu Sardana is President of the Resident Doctors Association of Hindu Rao Hospital. He says,
“We don’t want to be treated like a volleyball between AAP and BJP. As a doctor, I always want to give my 100 percent to my patients but I am becoming deficient now as I am not being paid my salary. I don’t care who runs the hospital. My priority is my patients and I should be able to help them.”