Expressing concern over reports of doctors not being paid salaries, the Supreme Court today said the country "cannot have dissatisfied soldiers in this war that is being made against coronavirus." The court said the government needed to do more to address concerns of medical professionals.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition that called for doctors and others in the frontlines of the virus battle to be accommodated in hotels and guest houses for quarantine after seven to 14 days of duty. The petitioner, Arushi Jain, said currently, they had to share rooms, which defeated the purpose.
The court quoted media reports from Hyderabad and Delhi on doctors not being paid and said "such incidents should not have happened".
"Do not take a cosmetic artificial approach," the court told the government.
There were reports, the court said, of doctors going on strike and Delhi doctors not paid for three months. "These are concerns that should have been taken. It should not require court intervention. You (government) need to do more. Must make sure their concerns are addressed. The country cannot have dissatisfied soldiers in this war that is being made against corona. Channel the extra money to this issue," the Supreme Court said.