Ahmedabad : Quarantine to be deemed ‘duty’ for docs
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In a notification issued on 14 September, the state health & family welfare department announced that the quarantine period of doctors after Covid-19 service will be considered ‘on duty.’

The state has the Gujarat Epidemic Regulation 2020 in effect since March 13 under which medical services are covered, said department officials.

“In a hearing on the duty of doctors and health workers during Covid-19 at the Supreme Court, the issue emerged of considering the quarantine period as leaves in some cases,” mentioned the notification. “In this regard, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has decided to consider this period as ‘on duty’.”

A senior doctor with a government hospital in Ahmedabad said that they already have 10-5-10 model in practice where doctors perform a duty for 10 continuous days in Covid-19 wards, then go into five-day quarantine, and then carry out 10 days of duty in non-Covid wards.

“The notification will ensure duty continuity and reduce discrepancies at the finance department level,” said an official.

Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/policy/ahmedabad-quarantine-to-be-deemed-duty-for-docs/78125260
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