With no proper PPEs or quarantine leave, Chest Hospital doctors threaten boycott

Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, senior resident doctors of the Government General and Chest Hospital in Hyderabad have threatened to boycott their duties from Saturday

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  23 April 2021 10:28 AM GMT
With no proper PPEs or quarantine leave, Chest Hospital doctors threaten boycott

Hyderabad: Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, senior resident doctors of the Government General and Chest Hospital in Hyderabad have threatened to boycott their duties from Saturday if their demands for safe protective gear and quarantine leave, among others, are not met.

"We senior resident doctors have been working in the COVID wards since the last eight months. We have been facing a lot of issues over the same period and have been patiently waiting for the resolution of the same. We have made sure we continue to deliver our services, without keeping our issues at the forefront. But, with the increasing mortality of young and elderly patients in the second wave, it's high time these issues are addressed on an urgent basis," said the resident doctors.

They are demanding adequate and safe protective gear. The PPEs, the doctors said, are extremely uncomfortable under such harsh conditions.

The doctors are also asking for adequate quarantine period. "Already a few of the senior resident doctors have been affected by COVID-19 and the workforce has dropped. No quarantine will lead to more losses," said the doctors.

They are also saying that the promised 10 per cent incentive has not been provided since the last eight months. "Accommodation and transport have not been provided since the same period forcing a lot of us to stay with our families and increasing the risk to family members. Due to lack of accommodation facilities, a lot of our senior doctors' parents have been affected. Some of them are critically ill," said the resident doctors. They are asking that a few beds be reserved for the family members and the senior residents working at GGCH.

They are also demanding postgraduate students be engaged along with senior residents to ease the burden and protect all COVID warriors and prevent depletion of the workforce.

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