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Doctors to observe nationwide stir today

DIMAPUR, JUN 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/13/2019 11:53:52 AM IST

Indian Medical Association (IMA) will observe nationwide protest day on Friday in protest against violence perpetrated on doctors. As part of the nationwide protest, doctors across the country will wear black badges and IMA Nagaland will also join the movement to show solidarity. 

According to a statement issued by IMA Nagaland president Dr Kezevituo Keditsu, an appeal for a Central law against hospital violence would be e-mailed to Prime Minister and Union home minister by all 2,500 local of IMA. He said medical students and junior doctors too would join the protest.

Keditsu explained that the association moved into agitation mode following increasing incidences of violence against doctors and healthcare establishments. He cited the recent incident in West Bengal where Dr Paribha Mukherjee, a young doctor, was brutally attacked by a violent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata. He is currently critical and fighting for his life.

IMA announced that the entire medical fraternity was in solidarity with the seriously injured doctor. He said the association was ready for an agitation to press for a strong legislation and strict action against hospital violence perpetrators.

Meanwhile, demanding a national law against hospital violence, the association declared a “zero-tolerance” policy against violence on doctors and healthcare establishments. Keditsu said World Medical Association had also passed a resolution against violence on healthcare establishments and called for bringing stronger legislation against this menace.

The IMA State president demanded a national law against violence in hospitals urgently. He said the law should provide a minimum of seven years of imprisonment for hospital violence. To ensure that cases were registered, culprits arrested and conviction ensured, he said appropriate mandatory provisions as provided in POCSO Act should be instituted. Hospitals should be declared as special zones and provision of appropriate security should be the responsibility of the State, he added.

Warning that increase in violence would adversely affect public health at large, Keditsu said not only patients undergoing treatment at the institution facing violence would be directly affected, but there could be a lot of indirect consequences too. 

 

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