Dr Harsh Vardhan Writes To All CMs Calling For Strict Action Against Assailants of Docs
A strict action will be taken against any person who would assault a doctor, said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
In a letter to the Chief Ministers of all States and UTs against the increasing incidents of violence on doctors in India, Dr Vardhan stated: “There should be a strict action against any person who assaults doctors.”
This direction of the health minister comes when doctors across the country are agitating and demanding security at workplace. Last week, a doctor at Kolkata was brutally injured by the relatives of the deceased patient. The incident sparked a nationwide strike resulted in shutting down medical services (OPDs and routine cases) at their respective hospitals which has hampered healthcare services in India.
“Resident doctors in many parts of the country are agitating and not providing healthcare services. Agitations by doctors in West Bengal seem to be getting aggravated and taking shape of strike by both Government and Private sector doctors all over the country,” Dr Vardhan wrote in the letter.
A copy of the Draft Act, i.e. “The Protection of Medical Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss of Property) Act, 2017 provided by IMA, was also circulated to the States. The draft Act includes clauses on penalty and recovery in case of loss/damage to property.
Through his letter to the States, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has reminded the Chief Ministers about the Draft Act and requested them to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals.
Striking Medicos shut down medical Aid at 15 Hospitals under FORDA in Delhi:
“Around 10,000 resident doctors from 15 medical colleges and hospitals of Delhi participated in the Strike. We met the health minister on Friday. We have single point demand i.e. The Protection of Medical Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss of Property) Act, 2017. We want a safe-working space. We did an unharmful protest. We took precautions and did not let patients face any damage during the protest,” Dr Sumedh Sandanshiv, President, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) told TheHealth.Today.
On Saturday, representatives from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Delhi Medical Association (DMA) also had a high level meeting with the health minister.
Medical services resumed at AIIMS, Docs protest continued:
“Doctors at AIIMs continued the work by wearing bandages and helmets. Resident doctors also carried out a peaceful candle march on late Saturday evening”, Dr. Amrinder Singh, President, RDA, AIIMS told TheHealth.Today
“Doctors are beaten everyday. Only physical assault gets reported whereas verbal abuse, threats and hindrance in work is usual practice in hospitals. According to surveys, 90% of doctors reported “insecure workplace” as one of the major causes of their increased anxiety & depression”, said IMA spokesperson.
IMA is likely to continue the protest on 17th June, 2019 as well.
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