All healthcare workers given life insurance cover: HC told

All health care workers in private and government hospitals have been given life insurance cover, Mumbai’s Health Services Commissioner informed the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.

Tayde, director, Health Services Commissioner’s office, Mumbai, in an affidavit filed by ex-journalist Ketan Tirodkar in response to a public interest litigation (PIL).

Degrees are awarded by the Medical Council of India as provided for in Medical Postgraduate Regulation 2000, so the Council should be added to the plea as the respondent.

Regarding declaring medical practitioners to be martyrs, it said the problem does not fall under the state government 's purview. The affidavit also said, “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Combating COVID-19, was initiated by the Central Government through the Department of Health and Family Welfare on March 30 for a period of 90 days.” This was brought to the attention of all concerned by the Principal Secretary of the Department of Public Health on March 11.

Others falling under the scope of the program include health-care providers operating in private hospitals and government. The system can also be used by retired health care staff, contractual, daily wage employees, and outsourced staff in all local , state, and autonomous hospitals. Thus can sevikas of ASHA staff and anganwadi.

Dr. Tayde said the Center had told all additional Chief Secretaries, Chief Secretaries and Health Department Secretaries of each State and Union Territory that the scheme would be extended for another 90 days. Read more!