Our Voices Are Reaching Deaf Ears: Resident Doctors Of NDMC Hospitals Over Non-Payment Of Salary

Dr. Abhimanyu Sardana, president of RDA of Hindu Rao Hospital spoke to Healthwire Media about the Doctors' protest and how healthcare workers across India are feeling betrayed over non-payment of salaries for over three months.

Imagine what if the organization you are working with is not paying your salary accurately or there is a delay in releasing of salary.

Mere imagination of not getting salary on time scares us, especially in the tough and challenging time of the pandemic.

Doctors in India who are hailed as “Covid warriors” are working in long hour shifts, being trapped inside PPE suits, battling the fear of contracting Covid-19 have not received their salaries for the last three months.

Dr. Abhimanyu Sardana, president of RDA of Hindu Rao Hospital spoke to Healthwire Media about the Doctors’ protest and how healthcare workers across India are feeling betrayed over non-payment of salaries for over three months.

Doctors are now on the roads protesting for their rights, for their salaries and if you see doctors striking, it means that surely something is not good with this system and the issues have reached a tipping point where they are so much demoralized with the lewd promises that protest is the only option left for them.

The unwillingness of the government to take action on this issue is what has brought about this strike to a flashpoint.

“We need our salaries so our demands include the immediate release of pending three months’ salaries; pending arrears, and also pension and retirement benefits to retired doctors, which has been pending for the last many months.”

Doctors are putting all efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic at any personal cost but how to fight with financial hardship.

I personally feel that those working at home are luckier than us. We spend years studying, worked hard to serve the people even in the time of the pandemic, but instead of any appreciation we are here protesting for our pending salaries.

I was devastated when I checked my bank account statement two days ago; there are just 90 rupees left with me. Imagine asking for money from your parents at this age, and after working for hours battling Covid-19. We feel our voices are reaching deaf ears.

The residents from the MCDA, the RDA of HRH, all three hospitals still stand in solidarity focusing on our issues still to be addressed and ironed out.

“We are still standing with a belief that the whole medical fraternity would join us to take us ahead from this plight,” he added.

Meanwhile, North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash in a tweet, claimed, “Salaries released of all doctors, nurses, paramedics, and group C and D staff and for the rest, it will be released soon.”

Dr. Abhimanyu reacted to this saying that only one month’s due salary has been given to us. On meeting North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash, we were given verbal assurances that they will try to pay the due salary by December.

Considering their appeal we have deferred the indefinite strike for time being in general public interest with the hope that in the meanwhile corporation will find a permanent solution to the salary issue.

The conditions have become unbearable for us with no solution to this persistent problem insight. All political parties are busy playing the blame game but nobody is doing anything for our betterment.

We want a system that not only helps to ensure timely payment of our salaries but would also prevent further inconvenience to the general public due to repeated agitations.

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