KEM ‘video & texts’ prompt BMC to warn absentee staff to return | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: A day after KEM doctors allegedly circulated a video and some text messages on being forced to put bodies in bags and feed patients due to a shortage of nurses and staff, the BMC issued a notice to absentee Class III and IV employees of all its hospitals to report to duty in three days or face dismissal.
Ward boys, nurses and other staff of civic hospitals, including KEM, Nair, Sion and Cooper, were served the notice on Thursday. Civic officials said if these employees fail to resume work, they will hire new staff.
Officials said many have been avoiding Covid duty by making excuses.
A senior BMC official said, “This is serious. Regular hospital staff has been not reporting to work and is misleading the management since biometric attendance is not mandatory due to Covid.” He said all employees need to report to work, even those aged above 55; they will be assigned non-Covid duty.
Some of the text messages stated resident doctors are overburdened at the Covid hospital. A message said the doctors had raised the issue before the authorities who had allegedly turned a deaf ear to their concerns.
This, the doctors said, prompted them to post the video and messages.
Resident doctors and interns play a crucial role in managing Covid patients.
A message read: “This is a message from the seniors working for Covid duty. We are speaking here, because we can not do so publicly. We are being threatened for voicing out the shortcomings of the system. So please use your voices to amplify the ground reality of what is happening…”
KEM dean Hemant Deshmukh took to social media to post: “The exuberance of Residents in working for a common cause in a multi speciality team of doctors was genuinely evident. Posting Superspeciality Residents in ICUs supplanted our needs. The Nursing and other para medical staff joining hands with Residents is going to deliver a brutal force in the fight against Covid-19.”

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