Centre must come clean on Covid expenses: Karnataka doctors | Hubballi News – Times of India

Karnataka doctors say there is no word in the budget on Covid-19 expenditure except for vaccination.

BELAGAVI: A section of doctors in the state are demanding a white paper on funds spent by the Centre on handling the pandemic. The move follows the proposal to hike health sector allocation by 137% in the Union Budget.
Doctors say there is no word in the budget on Covid-19 expenditure except for vaccination. The Union finance minister proposed an outlay of Rs 35,000 crore for vaccination.
Dr Venkatachalapathi M, president, state Indian Medical Association (IMA), said it’s an obligation of the government to release details.
“It’s after all taxpayers’ money,” Dr Venkatachalapathi said. “A very upsetting element is that no allocation has been made to provide compensation to bereaved families of private healthcare professionals. The government must compensate health staff, who died in the line of duty.”
Dr Madhusudhana Kariganoor, former state IMA president, said there should be a clear demarcation on Covid expenditure. “There isn’t a single word in the Budget on small and medium hospitals which handle 80% of the state’s patients,” he said. These healthcare centres are the ones most badly affected by the pandemic in terms of revenue. There should also be a separate allocation for Covid warriors. For example in Karnataka, of the 64 doctors who died due to the infection, only families of four were given Rs 50 lakh compensation.”
Dr MV Jaali, MD, KLES Hospital, Belagavi said his hospital is yet to receive payment from the government for allowing the district hospital to set up a ICU/dialysis unit on the premises, while Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya, general physician said, “The finance minister was keen on giving out details of spendings on farmers, but why not on Covid?”



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