Dibrugarh, October 29: Doctors around the country are relentlessly working, some almost for 24 hours to take care of patients amid COVID-19 pandemic. But are we taking good care of them? Is the government doing enough for them? Maybe not. At least not for a section of doctors at the Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh.
Doctors AMCH has been working without pay for the past 89 days. Not just that, many of them staying in the hostel have received notices to vacate the hostels.
Dr Pratyush Mahanta, doctor at the AMCH had tweeted about the plight of the doctors at AMCH, one of the primer health institutes of Assam.
Dr Mahanta said in a tweet that he has not been paid his salary for 89 days. The doctor posted a picture of a notice issued to them to vacate the hostels. "Days without salary= 89. Now a notice to vacate our hostels", the tweet read. The doctor also tagged state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and several other dignitaries of the health department.
The vacation notice has come as the government decided to restart classes of the medical colleges. The government also directed the PG doctors who have passed out and were appointed to serve in COVID-19 units, to arrange for accommodation outside the AMCH hostel premises within the first week of November to make room for the 1st year PG students and other undergraduate students.
With many doctors overburdened with COVID-19 duty, the government direction asking to vacate hostel has come as a rude gesture and not gone down well with them. "We are regularly toiling and doing our duty regularly. Some of the doctors are even working without pay and now the government is asking us to vacate the hostels. This is a really disappointing order by the government", said a PG doctor of AMCH.