Panjim: Angered over the Goa Government’s decision to vacate their official accommodation or pay from their own pockets, resident doctors attached to two designated COVID-19 hospitals in Goa on Monday struck work announcing their withdrawal of service at the two facilities.
Speaking to reporters, Goa Association of Resident Doctors’ President Dr Pratik Sawant claimed that the decision was taken without consulting them and said that travelling to and fro to the hospitals amounted to harassment.
“It is surprising that we have been informed by the authorities that we can continue to stay (at official accommodation), provided we pay from our own pockets. Most of our junior residents are working diligently despite irregular salaries since the last five months and now we are being asked to pay for our stay for serving the people of Goa in Covid-19 pandemic which is unacceptable. We wish to continue to give our best services to the people of Goa, but under current circumstances it is next to impossible. We are waiting for the government to resolve the issue and will withhold our services till further response from the government,” he said.
There are two designated Covid-19 facilities in the state- Employee State Insurance (ESI) Hospital and South Goa District Hospital– besides Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital , where some wards have been designated for Covid-19 patients with comorbidities.
Free accommodation provided to the resident doctors at the ESI and the South Goa District hospitals was withdrawn recently via an order.