Delhi: Doctors of NDMC-Run Hospitals Call Off Protests After MCD Releases Pending Salaries

The authorities agreed on releasing pending salaries of doctors up till September and directed to submit compliance report of disbursement of salary in the individual accounts.

Delhi   |   26 Oct 2020 12:13 PM GMT / Updated : 2020-10-29T16:33:48+05:30
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Delhi: Doctors of NDMC-Run Hospitals Call Off Protests After MCD Releases Pending Salaries

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Doctors of North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run hospitals called off the protests on Wednesday after the MCD released their salaries up till September.

On October 28, a meeting was held between under the chairmanship of the Commissioner North DMC to discuss the issues raised by the healthcare workers. The authorities agreed on releasing pending salaries of doctors up till September and directed to submit compliance report of disbursement of salary in the individual accounts. The MCD also assured of timely payment of salaries in future.

Secondly, the strike period of all the doctors will be considered 'On Duty' for all purposes. The authorities have also decided that all the matters concerning the hospitals will be done at the level of the Additional Commissioner.

Resident doctors and paramedical staff of three North Delhi Municipal Council-run (NDMC) Hospitals including Hindu Rao Hospital took to the streets and staged a protest on Sunday against unpaid salaries, and burnt an effigy of Ravana to draw attention to their demands.

The doctors had threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demands were not met.

The medics raised placards with slogans reading - "#unpaidCovidwarrior", "Mera loan bharega kaun", "Kaise doon ghar ke EMI, MCD nahi deti kamai" -- were raised.

More protestors had joined in after five resident doctors of Hindu Rao on Friday began an indefinite hunger strike and demanded the release of their pending salaries for the last three months, reported India Today. Thousands of healthcare workers later joined the five in the hunger strike.

Earlier, medics from NDMC-run Kasturba Hospital and Rajan Babu Tuberculosis Hospital had gathered at Jantar Mantar over the issue.

Later, North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash met the doctors who were demonstrating and urged them to call off their hunger strike, ensuring that the NDMC was working on the demands put forth by the Resident Doctor's Association.

Hindu Rao Hospital doctors have been staging protests since October 5. It escalated a month after doctors at the COVID-dedicated Hindu Rao stopped work after they were not given salary despite repeated requests, following which the Delhi government shifted coronavirus patients and removed the hospital from the list of COVID dedicated centres.

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