Earlier on May 3rd, the government decided that the final year MBBS and nursing students, contractual doctors, and junior and resident students will provide their services in the ongoing pandemic in the hospitals. The prime minister’s office had earlier announced the postponing of NEET–PG exams by four months to ensure the availability of medical interns and qualified nurses on covid duty to reduce the burden on present healthcare workers to fight against the pandemic by making available many qualified doctors.
The government of Himachal Pradesh announced that last year MBBS students, contractual doctors, and junior and residents will be given an incentive of Rs. 3000 per month. As well, they will give final year nursing students and other contractual laboratory staff Rs. 1500 per month for full-time COVID duty.
Many people and medical students have shown their disapproval of the government’s decision. According to them, these medical workers are getting paid even lower than the unskilled laborers surrounded by much higher risk with no other beneficiaries. Many final year students tweeted about the challenges they are facing while working eight to ten-hour shifts in PPE and their preparation for the NEET-PG examination, which has been postponed many times earlier. While many students asked whether they will be benefitted in their NEET—PG exams if they cannot crack them or will be provided with any kind of certificate.
Also, the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors released a video calling out the center’s decision that it will alter the lives of residents as they have prepared for many years for these exams and also said that the government should talk about other better pays and risk incentives for the services.
The government's primary aim is to provide some rest to the exhausted healthcare workers already stressed by the 2nd wave of corona and drained out facilities, drugs, oxygen, ventilators, etc.