Eighty-nine doctors from Yavatmal Zilla Parishad tendered their resignations on Monday citing ill-treatment at the hands of district collector MD Singh, an official at a doctors’ association said.
The collector refuted the allegations and said that some grievances may exist at the tehsil level and they would be resolved.
Dr Sangharsh Rathod, secretary of the Yavatmal unit of the Maharashtra State Official Doctors’ Group A Organization (MAGMO), told the PTI that his delegation had gone to meet Mr Singh to ask reserving 50 beds in government medical schools for doctors and parents who tested positive for the coronavirus.
The delegation also requested a day’s leave in a week and a schedule to submit daily reports, he said.
“The collector, instead of listening to questions from the five-member MAGMO delegation, started asking them about daily reports etc. and his behavior was disrespectful,” Mr. Rathod said.
“A total of 89 doctors under MAGMO have submitted their written resignations to Yavatmal CEO Zilla Parishad. We will not resume our duties until collector Singh is transferred from the district,” he said.
When contacted, Mr Singh refuted the allegations of profanity towards the doctors and in turn accused them of leaving the meeting rather than being asked to leave.
“They have seven to eight claims, some of which can be resolved at the district level while others will need to be considered by the state government,” he told PTI.
“No one was rude to the doctors. They left the meeting without submitting their requests. We were not rude and we did not ask them to leave the meeting. The resident district collector and other officials were present at this meeting and the higher authorities were informed of the situation, ”he added.
He praised doctors and other frontline staff for reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in Yavatmal.
“There may be few grievances in some tehsils, which will be resolved. However, no one will be rude to efficient officials,” Singh said.