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Legal trouble for medical students skipping COVID-19 duty

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The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has threatened legal action against medical students who refuse to report to COVID-19 duty. 

The AMC had earlier decided to use the service of students of medical, paramedical and other branches for COVID-19. 

  

Students have opposed the decision.

They had even approached the court against the decision. 

Meanwhile, the AMC went ahead with the plan and even trained 15 teams of such students for duty at COVID-19 hospitals. 

Yet, several students have so far not reported for duty. 

The civic body has reminded them that they have to help during the pandemic or legal action will be taken against them if they fail to do so.

Training for medical students

The civic body trained the students depending on their areas of specialisation. 

While medical students were to work in COVID-19 hospitals others were to serve as data collectors and such. 

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The students were to report for training at NHL Medical College and AMC MET Medical college. 

Final year MBBS students of both part 1 & 2 have already trained for the same.

The training among others included information and use of PPE kits, masks, antigen test, field surveillance, infection control prevention etc.

The students were also given transportation service from the college to their area of duty, PPE kits, drinking water, lunch kit and snacks.

The students were paid a stipend of Rs250 per day. 

Outside students got hostel facilities and they were to get a certificate for the work done.

Why the notice?

Yet, the AMC has now issued a show-cause notice to 115 students who were trained on July 28 and 126 students trained on July 29.

The notice was issued after they failed to report for duty.

It had earlier asked GCMS Medical College and SMS Medical college authorities to allot intern doctors and medical students for COVID-19 duty.

GCMS had sent 15 teams. 

AMC officials said they will give the students time to report to duty as they do not want to pursue the hard choice to taking legal action against them. 

But if they fail to report to duty, the civic body will take legal action against them.

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