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Around 40 Kerala Doctors Working in Maharashtra Haven’t Received Their Salaries Yet


Around 40 Kerala Doctors Working in Maharashtra Haven’t Received Their Salaries Yet
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Around 15 doctors from Kerala who arrived in Maharashtra at the request of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the State CM Uddhav Thackeray are returning back to their home state after it has come to light that their salaries have not been paid since they joined the state’s medical workforce in early June. While 15 have returned last week, 25 are expected to return shortly.  

It is said that the BMC had promised to clear the doctors’ dues by July 5 which was later postponed to July 10 and subsequently to July 13. However, the salaries had still not been paid as of Wednesday, July 15. 

However, a BMC official said that “The file is on the move”, adding that the salaries will be credited to their accounts. 

A doctor with the South Asia Chapter of Doctors Without Borders said - “All 40 doctors who came to Mumbai have not been paid. They were supposed to work for two months. Fifteen of them decided to return home last week due to salary issues.” 

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Doctors Without Borders (also known as Médecins Sans Frontières) was crucial in facilitating the hiring of doctors from Kerala and sending them to Maharashtra amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This news could have a great impact on the willingness of Kerala’s doctors to work in Maharashtra. In late June, CM Uddhav Thackeray wrote another letter to his Kerala counterpart CM Vijayan requesting more doctors and ICU specialists for Maharashtra’s hospitals. Thackeray had requested intensivists, anaesthetists, pulmonologists, and physicians from Kerala in his June 22 letter to the Kerala CM.

Speaking to the Indian Express, one of the members of Doctors Without Borders said that doctors and medical staff from Kerala will be unwilling to make the trip to Maharashtra due to the issues mentioned above and that only those who are willing to work voluntarily will make their way to the state. 

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