The doctors in the province of Sindh claimed that they are forced to perform their duties at various hospitals against Corona Virus without any personal protective equipment (PPE), stipends and even food. The house officers and postgraduate trainees lodged complaints with the media about the behavior of hospital administration with them in the time when they are putting their untiring efforts to throw away the fatal outbreak that has grasped almost the whole world in its cruel claws and clutches.
Sharing their problems the doctors disclosed that they had been facing a number of issues and problems at work and the response of administration was leading them towards disaster of their mental health and badly affecting their performance. The Government hospitals in Sindh (especially Sukkur and Larkana), Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) in Karachi and the teaching hospitals at Hyderabad and Jamshoro (1 in each city) were found to be suffering from the worst health facilities.
“We have not received a single penny for three months”, claim the doctors
As far as the stipends are concerned, the doctors exclaimed with sorrow and disappointment that they had not received a single penny for three months. When asked, the doctor told that they had informed the administration about the said issue for a number of times but didn’t get any positive response from them. She also added that almost 250 house officers at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) had stopped working at the outpatient departments while protesting against the administration some days ago but all the efforts failed to draw the attention of the concerned officials in this regard.
Complaining about the administration, the doctors unveiled that the government had announced a raise of Rs. 15,000 in their stipend (Rs.30K to Rs. 45K) in Feb, 2019 however the administration of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) forced the student to carry on their services at lower stipend otherwise the medical students of other colleges would be appointed as house officers as their replacement. Even the dues of the batch has not been cleared yet which had left the facility of house officers and now working as postgraduate trainees.
Rejecting the claims of the Sindh Government, the lady doctor shared that not even a single doctor had been provided with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) however she admitted that some of the equipment had been provided by the non-governmental organizations. She also revealed that they were holding filter clinics in place of OPDs these days. Another post graduate trainee divulged that the administration had not paid their dues of eight months that varied between Rs. 200,000 to Rs. 600,000.
Reliable sources also claimed that the HOs and PG-trainees at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical College (JPMC) had not been paid with last three months stipend whereas the arrears of the previous batch were still pending.
“Government must take notice of doctors’ issues and problems”, YDA-Sindh
The same situation was observed in other cities of Sindh where the doctors at LUMHS hospitals in Hyderabad and Jamshoro had not been paid for a number of months. The doctors exclaimed with utmost grief that along-with the unpaid stipend, they even had not been provided with single loaf of food by the hospital administration. Since all the restaurants in the city are closed due to lock down therefore it was not possible for them to bring the food from their homes. Although the hospital administration had been preparing food in the hospital kitchen, it was reserved for the in-house patients only. The representative of YDA-Sindh Dr. Umer Sultan confirmed that the PG-Trainees in Sukkur and Larkana had not been received any stipend for 13 months. He demanded the government to take notice of doctors’ food, PPE and stipend issues on immediate basis.