NHRC asks Centre, Delhi govt to consider providing medical care/insurances to contractual doctors, paramedical staff


The National Human rights Commission, (NHRC) on the basis of a complaint, has asked the Union Health Ministry and the Delhi Government to consider providing adequate medical care and financial protection to all the contractual medical and paramedical staff deployed by the Centre or State governments to serve the patients. This may include getting medical insurance to facilitate their treatment in private hospitals in these testing times.
Issuing the notices to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi, the Commission has asked them to submit an action taken report in the matter within two weeks. They have also been asked to take immediate steps to provide adequate financial and other support to Covid-19 infected Dr Amit Gupta, Senior Resident Pediatrics of Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra Hospital, Delhi admitted in ICU of the Medanta hospital, Gurugram . Dr Gupta has not received any financial support from the government on the ground that he was engaged on contract basis.
The Commission has observed that it is a serious issue, if the contractual doctors or resident doctors and paramedical staff of the Delhi Government and other Central Government hospitals are not getting life care medical facilities when they fell ill during their service to save lives of people.

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