first_imgTopics : “I hoped that if I came in contact with the infection, I would also get some extra money,” said Maria, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, fearing she could damage her career prospects.What happened was quite different.After a patient she visited and swabbed tested positive, Maria was ordered to self-isolate for two weeks. When she got her April salary, it was cut to just 14,000 rubles.Her salary varies from month to month, but the most she makes is 36,000 rubles, working two different jobs and overtime, she said. “I could have contracted the virus, but instead of a bonus, my salary is less than usual,” said Maria, who was only given one surgical mask and a pair of gloves per shift.Healthcare workers across Russia watched Putin promise doctors extra pay and monthly bonuses of between 25,000 and 80,000 rubles to medics and drivers working to fight coronavirus.But when overworked doctors opened their April pay slips, most saw no sign of these generous sums. A ‘cruel joke’ That feeling has compounded frustration in the medical community that they are taken for granted, especially after a recent cycle of “optimization” reforms that closed thousands of clinics.”This looks like a cruel joke to medical workers” already used to unfulfilled promises, says a petition launched last week by the Action union, which is demanding full payouts.The appeal, which calls on the government to widen eligibility for extra payments, has been signed by more than 90,000 people.Konoval said the Kremlin’s vow to pay doctors extra created tension between medics and society at a time when most Russians are struggling economically.”This rumor that doctors get paid a lot of money during the pandemic is unpleasant for doctors who continue to work for a pittance,” he said.Most in the field are unwilling to demand extra pay in a country where the medical profession is regarded as a service, rather than work that should be compensated appropriately.”Patients are telling us that we must be getting a lot of money for working so much,” Maria, the doctor outside Moscow, said. “But nobody complains because it makes no difference,” she said. “I want justice to prevail, but I’m not going to start a war.”center_img Maria, a 24-year-old doctor working outside Moscow, expected to be paid extra if one of her patients tested positive for the coronavirus. Instead, her salary shrank.In a small town 200 kilometers from the capital, she visits patients at home and normally has around three calls a day. But that number surged to 30 in April as the pandemic struck Russia.When President Vladimir Putin promised on TV in April that doctors would get a monthly bonus of 80,000 rubles ($1,100) for treating virus patients, she thought it was compensation for increased risk and workload. ‘Huge disappointment’Many posted photos online of paychecks where the extra money amounted to $10 dollars or less — or nothing at all.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin acknowledged the problem.The government has transferred 27 billion rubles for healthcare bonuses, but regional authorities have only paid out 4.5 billion, he said.”There are problems with payments even in regions most hit by the infection, where the workload on medics is at the maximum,” he admitted.With more than 242,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and cases steadily rising, Russia has the world’s second-highest number of infections.Andrei Konoval, head of the Action union of medical workers, said Putin’s directive lost its punch as it percolated through the healthcare system’s bureaucracy.Some hospitals only added certain staff to “coronavirus teams”, so when others, like Maria, faced the virus they were not eligible for the bonus.In some regions, facilities calculated time in contact with the infection down to the minute to save money.Ambulance crews at some hospitals would only get paid extra for treating confirmed coronavirus cases. “In reality, ambulance teams going out on a call about high blood pressure risk infection even more,” because they have less protection and patients do not know if they are infected, Konoval said.Putin’s bonus promise had sounded “very attractive”, he said, “but it has resulted in huge disappointment among doctors.”last_img read more

first_img Shoretire appeared at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland at the age of 13 in 2017. But he came to the fore last season when he made history. Aged just 14 years and 314 days he came on as a sub in United’s 2-1 win over Valencia, and became the youngest player to appear in the UEFA Youth League – a competition reserved for Under-19 teams. “We want to keep them humble, hard-working,” Ryan explained. “It’s not just the coaching staff who do that, there are a number of staff throughout the academy, right throughout the place, feeding the same messages. It’s what we pride ourselves on. “When you see the professionalism of the likes of Marcus Rashford, he’s the shining example. Scott McTominay, so on. These boys are products of the academy and the staff who work with them. They are our examples. “Good players can enjoy the big stage. [Shoretire] is a really exciting player. He’s evolving and developing, can play a number of different positions, he showed a great maturity I thought.” Last year Shoretire made history as the youngest ever UEFA Youth League player With the stage set, Shoretire has a good chance in joining first teamers Rashford and McTominay if he plays his cards right. And then, if he’s good enough, international honours could follow. Read Also:Man Utd celebrate Shola Shoretire’s progress At the age of 16, with the world at its feet, decisions on who he could represent can wait for now. But his first step is to conquer United. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Only The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Manchester United wonderkid, Shola Shoretire, has been likened to former Nigeria skipper, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and played for the Under-19 team aged just 14. And with exciting forward  Shoretire, Manchester United are hedging their bets that they’ve unearthed the next big thing. This week it was revealed that Shoretire, who only turned 16 last month, had already signed schoolboy terms, as well as a pre-contract to turn professional with the club. His rapid ascension through the youth ranks will surely see the Nigerian-born star in United’s first team in the near future. The skilful attacker’s game has even been compared to African football legend Jay-Jay Okocha, who graced Premier League pitches with Bolton Wanderers in the early 2000s. The diminutive teen, comfortable with both feet, can play out wide and through the middle. It’s testament to his ability that United are already confident he has the ability to succeed at the highest level by offering him a contract this early in his life. Shoretire joined Manchester United’s youth set up at the age of 10 from Newcastle, and has blossomed since his arrival. Last week, he scored his first ever goal at Old Trafford – opening the scoring against Wigan Athletic and firing United into the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup. Amusiingly, earlier in the day he was studying for his GCSEs. “He was at school today, all day! Then he came over to Old Trafford to play,” Under-18 coach Neil Ryan revealed. “It’s incredible really. Different day for him compared to other players.”last_img read more