‘Increase workforce for COVID-19 duty’
Noting that the prevailing workforce was exhausted, overworked and overexposed to the COVID-19 an infection, the Service Doctors and Post Graduates Association (SDPGA) has urged the Health Department to extend the workforce of medical doctors and healthcare staff proportionate to the rise within the variety of COVID-19 sufferers.
In a memorandum to the Health Secretary, affiliation president P. Saminathan requested that an enough quarantine interval as in 2020 ought to be offered for healthcare suppliers — 5 days of COVID-19 obligation adopted by one week of quarantine, COVID-19 testing and return to work based mostly on the outcomes. Proper lodging and meals ought to be offered for these on COVID-19 obligation and quarantine as achieved final 12 months.
This was as a result of medical doctors on COVID-19 obligation residing in hostels might develop into a supply of cross-transmission amongst medical doctors, and in the event that they resided at houses, they might develop into a threat to their members of the family, the affiliation mentioned.
The SDPGA sought exemption for medical doctors with co-morbidities from COVID-19 duties.
Medical interns and non-service submit graduates ought to be recruited on “10 A1 rules basis under timescale” and in future, regularise their providers via the Medical Services Recruitment Board, as a substitute of giving them extension or consolidated pay.
The affiliation demanded that the bulletins made by the federal government final 12 months — one month particular pay, ₹2 lakh ex-gratia for medical doctors and healthcare staff who examined constructive for COVID-19 and ₹50 lakh for the households of medical doctors and healthcare staff who died of COVID-19 ought to be fulfilled instantly.