Shimla, May 15
The 108/102 ambulance employees union has urged the government to give its members same facilities and benefits as are given to drivers and pharmacists of government hospitals.
The union further demanded that the Rs 200-per shift incentive announced for outsourced staff in the hospitals be granted to them too.
Union president Puran Chand said many drivers and emergency medical technicians or ambulance technicians had become Covid positive while carrying out their duties and had isolated themselves at their homes. “We want an assurance that the salary of the quarantined staff should not be deducted,” he said.
He said there were not adequate duty rooms for the staff at many hospitals. “Around 10-12 staff members stayed in the same room, posing a risk to each other,” said Puran Chand. “Separate rooms should be made available to the staff undertaking Covid duties,” he said.
Alleging that neither the government nor the company was looking after their interests, Puran Chand said the employees were feeling discouraged and could resign if things did not improve.