NEW DELHI: The Centre has said that hospitals and medical institutions not paying timely salaries to doctors and
on Covid-19 duty will face stringent action under the
Disaster Management Act
Indian Penal Code
. This follows the assurance the government gave to the Supreme Court earlier this week in the course of a PIL that said the crucial frontline workers were being put at a disadvantage.
The health ministry on Thursday issued an order asking states to ensure timely disbursement of salaries to doctors and health workers on Covid-19 related duties. Violation of the order will be treated as an offence under the Act and action will be taken under IPC, health secretary Preeti
“The Chief Secretary of the States/UTs should ensure compliance of this order by all concerned, violation of which will be treated as an offence under the Disaster Management Act read with the Indian Penal Code, and action taken accordingly against defaulting hospitals/ institutions/authorities,” the order issued by Sudan on Thursday said.
The apex court issued an order while hearing a doctor’s petition which alleged that medical professionals were not being paid in several regions and were also not provided facilities to isolate themselves which was a big risk to their families if the medical staff were to get infected.
Dr Arushi Jain, in her petition filed through advocates Mithu Jain and Arjun Syal, alleged that frontline healthcare workers engaged in the fight against Covid-19 were either not being paid salaries or their wages were being cut or delayed.
Despite government’s constant appeals to treat doctors and healthcare workers with respect, several reports of incidents of ill—treatment and harassment of doctors and nurses have come in.