Maharashtra's private hospital hit by heavy staff attrition amid coronavirus

At a parallel level, Covid care centres of different districts are also engaged in active poaching of healthcare personnel from other districts, luring them with higher pay and additional facilities like food and lodging.

Mumbai: Private hospitals in Maharashtra are seeing heavy attrition of their medical personnel who are opting to work at government-sponsored Covid care centres as the remuneration offered by them is substantially high.

At a parallel level, Covid care centres of different districts are also engaged in active poaching of healthcare personnel from other districts, luring them with higher pay and additional facilities like food and lodging.

With cases in the state rising phenomenally (around 23,000 per day), there is tremendous demand for doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff. However, many have been quitting within weeks of joining. “We are facing 20-30% attrition as people are quitting. Bigger private hospitals are approaching our staff with more salaries, and districts which are facing shortage are also doing the same. Manpower providing agencies are also adding to the attrition,” said Ayush Prasad, Pune zilla parishad (ZP) CEO.


Two months ago, when most districts were yet to wake up to tackling the pandemic, Prasad said that the Pune ZP began issuing advertisements in all districts, seeking doctors, nurses, ward boys and lab technicians.

Prasad brought in BAMS, BHMS and even BDS (Bachelor of Dental Studies) doctors to work at the Covid centres. He spoke to the fathers of nurses living in far-off places like Nagpur and Latur and assured them that Pune district would take care of their food and stay arrangements.

Prasad managed to create a team, but is now struggling to hold on to it. “We were short of numbers, but we were managing with the right number of doctors, nurses and healthcare personnel. However, we are seeing a lot of attrition happening from our covid centres. I have requested several districts which are floating advertisements for staff to not poach our personnel,” Prasad said.
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However, districts with rising Covid cases and no doctors are desperately poaching doctors from Pune and elsewhere.
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