Pune: Nurses appointed on contractual basis at the Sassoon General Hospital are risking their lives and providing care for COVID-19 patients but these 'Corona Warriors' are yet to receive their last month salaries.
A covid centre has been started in the new 11 storied building at the Sassoon General Hospital. In view of the present COVID-19 crisis in the city and district areas, Sassoon hospital is playing an important role in combating the outbreak and providing critical healthcare services to patients - especially the needy and poor.
In order to keep the other departments isolated from the covid centre and its staff, a special arrangement for nurse staff was made by the hospital administration. Around 115 nurses, brothers, nurses in charge were appointed on contractual basis through a private agency. While these nurses are working in a risky environment at the COVID centre, bureaucratic red-tapism has hit them first. The nursing staff is working overnight to serve the patients at the centre, but even after 20 days of July have passed they are awaiting their June month salary. When this staff enquires about their salary, they are not given satisfactory answers by the administration.
A nurse employed at the centre, on condition of anonymity, said "Since we are working in a crisis situation at the COVID centre, the hospital administration should ensure that our salaries are being paid on time. We have joined this service in order to serve the patients suffering from Covid-19 and in hope that we would get better salaries. Some of the nurses have left some well-paid jobs to join Sassoon, but salaries are not being paid in time. We have to face several problems and don't know how to manage our household expenses if this situation does not change."
Dr Murlidhar Tambe, Dean of Sassoon General Hospital said, "The funds of Rs 11.61 lakh meant for salaries of Covid Centre employees have been deposited with the concerned agency, but we do not know why they haven't been disbursed yet."