Mumbai : A second-year resident doctor from KEM Hospital who is suffering from Tuberculosis (TB) has been denied TB leave which has been already approved by the state government. Here, the roadblock is the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), which has failed to form a Government Resolution of the decision and forward it to the BMC commissioner’s office, said Dr Sagar Mundada, president of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD).
Following the statewide strike of resident doctors demanding for paid TB and maternity leave, the government had approved two-and-a-half months’ paid leave. When asked, Dr Avinash Supe, dean of the hospital, said: “We are ready to approve the leave but we are facing issues from the DMER end as they are not ready to give the approval of leave. We understand the gravity of the situation but the approval is not in my hands, however, we are doing the best that we can for the doctor.”
In the past three years, 12 doctors from KEM, 15 from Sion hospital, nine from Nair and six from JJ hospital have contracted pulmonary TB. Explaining the matter, Dr Sagar Mundada said: “The authorities in spite of passing the order are refusing to give the doctor TB special leave. This is how we get treated even after official government decisions. After speaking to the dean, we understood that the problem is with the DMER as even after a month of the sanctioned TB leave, they still have not sent the letter to BMC-run colleges. Due to this approach of DMER, the doctor is bearing the brunt.”
Despite repeated attempts to contact officials of DMER, they remained unavailable for comment.