On Thursday, the Supreme Court took a view of the exhaustion to which doctors and nurses are being subjected owing to their rigorous and draining COVID-19 duty. The anticipated and now existing scarcity of doctors, nurses, and medical staff (other allied healthcare professionals) was highlighted by Justice Chandrachud.
He mentioned that currently, existing medical professionals have been on the forefront as the torchbearers for the past year, since 1 March 2020, and now, when the condition is again deteriorating there is going to be an even higher demand for their services. Eventually and logically the demand for healthcare workers including nurses, medical staff as well as doctors is only going to rise.
Supreme Court came up with a suggestion that there are approximately 1.5 lakh doctors who are waiting to appear in the NEET-PG exams and have completed their medical course and internship, they can be utilized until the exam is conducted.
The Supreme Court suggested that the 2.5 lakh nurses who are fully trained can be roped into the COVID workforce. Court also noted that there is a possibility that this trained workforce might not step up for just Rs 15,000-20,000. This is when Solicitor General Tushar Mehta suggested providing such medical practitioners with an incentive of grace marks in the NEET-PG exam.
To address the availability of medical practitioners in the COVID-19 workforce, the NEET-PG exam was postponed. Earlier PMO had also announced that those medical practitioners who will complete 100 days of COVID duties will be given priority if regular govt. recruitments.
Under the supervision of their faculty, medical interns will be deployed in Covid management duties whereas final year MBBS students can be utilized for monitoring of mild Covid cases under the supervision of the faculty and teleconsultation.
For full-time Covid nursing duties, BSc/GNM qualified nurses can be roped in under the supervision of senior doctors and nurses. Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman will be conferred to medical personnel completing 100 days of Covid duties.