Oman banned doctors from resigning during a pandemic
Omani medical institutions stopped accepting employee dismissal letters after receiving an order from the sultanate authorities, Tass.ru reports citing The National newspaper.
"Due to the prevailing conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic and an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection, it was decided to stop accepting dismissal letters from medical workers and auxiliary personnel of medical institutions," the document says.
At the same time, many medical specialists have complained that they are under a lot of pressure as hospitals in Oman are filled with coronavirus patients. Some of the employees also told the newspaper that they have to work 12 hours a day, while the working day in the country lasts only 8 hours.
The Omani Human Rights Commission considered the authorities' ban to be legitimate, citing the government's authority to make such decisions during an emergency.
How long the order will be in force is not specified.
In Oman, 902 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded per day. The total number of cases in the country since the beginning of the pandemic has exceeded 196.5 thousand, 2 thousand patients have died.