Country cannot have 'dissatisfied soldiers': SC raps govt over reports of non-payment of salaries to doctors, healthcare staff
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Friday bashed the central government over the alleged reports of non-payment of salary and non-arrangement of proper accommodation for doctors and healthcare staff for quarantine purposes, saying the country cannot have "dissatisfied soldiers".
Expressing anguish over reports that doctors and healthcare staff are not being paid salaries, the apex court said that the Centre and state governments need to do more to satisfy the doctors and healthcare members.
"We cannot have dissatisfied soldiers (doctors) in the COVID19 war. You need to travel the extra mile to see what else can be done for them?," the Supreme Court said, as reported by Bar and Bench.
A bench -- which included Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah -- said that there are reports that doctors have not been paid but it "should not require court intervention". Asking the government "to do more", the Supreme Court said that it is a "matter of concern regarding doctors".
Listing the matter for June 17, the Supreme Court said that the government cannot "work half heartedly". "Suggestions by petitioners need to be sent to Secretary, Health and Family Welfare today itself for them to take this up," Bar and Bench quoted Justice Bhushan as saying.
The government, meanwhile, told the Supreme Court that "guidelines have been formulated by WHO, ICMR, and other experts and if there is any other better suggestion, please suggest". It also said that the petitioner's lawyer "seems to be getting ad hoc information".
"I am not opposing this petition. This is not adversarial litigation. It seems you have revieved ad hoc representation," Solictor General Tushar Mehta said, as reported by the Bar and Bench.
A petition was filed by some doctors and healthcare professionals were accommodated in hotels and guest houses for quarantine after seven to 14 days of duty. The petitioner claimed that the corona warriors had to share rooms, which defeated the purpose of social distancing.
"Doctors are also subject to wage reduction. If they are working no deduction under any government orders should be done. Private hospitals should also not cut salaries of doctors," the petitioner said, as reported by the NDTV.
The affidavit was filed on a plea by Arushi Jain who questioned the Centre's new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of May 15 for front line COVID-19 healthcare workers by which it ended the 14-day mandatory quarantine for them.
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