Medical staff of the city’s municipal hospitals on Wednesday organised a protest outside the Indian Medical Association building at ITO demanding salaries due for over three months.
Doctors and staff from Hindu Rao Hospital, Kasturba Hospital, Swami Dayanand Hospital and other municipal hospitals claimed to have not received salaries since October. Although the hospitals are under the administrative control of the three civic bodies of Delhi, given the financial condition of the corporations, the protestors targeted the Delhi government for not releasing their salaries.
Doctors said that the government had lead them to a state of “near starvation” and if the salaries are not released, “we will go to the National Human Rights Commission” to demand salaries. A doctor who participated in the protest and did not wish to be named said, “Our salaries have remained irregular for a year now. Every time we protest, we are given some amount. One or the other union of some hospital is on strike every month. Essential drugs are unavailable and Hindu Rao Hospital will not have oxygen for the wards on Thursday.”
The doctors had blocked the road before police intervened and cleared the roads.
Dr K P Rewani, secretary, Municipal Corporation Doctor’s Association, stated that doctors, nursing and paramedical staff of the municipal hospitals in Delhi were suffering and the lack of funds had affected healthcare as well since there was a dearth of life saving drugs at these hospitals.
The doctors had earlier submitted a memorandum to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and were assured that the salaries would be released by December 31. Doctors alleged that despite their attempts to meet the CM, he had refused to engage with them. They said the government was only “interested in politicising the issue and did not care about the doctor’s or the patient’s pleas.”