New Delhi: (14/06/2019) The doctors across the country are holding protests to express solidarity with their colleagues who were attacked by a mob in Kolkata. Health services badly hit in several states, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.
The Indian Medical Association today has declared ‘Nationwide Protest Day’ on Friday pertaining to the recent case of physical violence against doctors in Kolkata. In view of the continued sufferings of the Residents and repeated occurrence of such incidents without redressal, the IMA has decided to continue the protest on 15th June (Saturday) and 16th June, 2019 (Sunday) as well, which will include black badges, Dharnas, peace marches etc and has requested support from all associations of the fraternity to join in the struggle.
IMA condemns the recent incidence of violence against Dr. Paribaha Mukherjee who was brutally attacked by a violent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata and demands an exemplary action by the State Government of West Bengal. All the legitimate demands of the Resident Doctors in West Bengal should be accepted unconditionally.
Indian Medical Association also has called for an All India nation –wide withdrawal of non essential services in all health care institutions on Monday, 17th June, 2019. All non essential services including OPDs will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6:00 am to 6:00 am next day. All emergency and causality services will continue to function.
Said RV Asokan, Honorary Secretary General, IMA, “Safety and security in the hospitals have been a matter of great concern and need to be addressed and ensured. IMA has been demanding a National Law Against Hospital Violence and has declared a zero-tolerance policy against violence on doctors and healthcare establishments. World Medical Association has also passed a resolution against violence on healthcare establishments and urged to bring stronger legislation against this menace.”
RV Asokan,Secretary General, IMA, said, “Violence in hospitals will adversely affect the patient care and not only the patients undergoing treatment in the institution but also there are a lot of indirect consequences. Institutions will be reluctant to take up complicated and risky patients which will affect critical care. Threat of violence increases the stress levels of health care workers. Sound judgment regarding patient care will be compromised in such situations. Patient Care and safety will depend on peaceful ambience in the hospitals.”
“National Law against violence on hospitals has to be brought in urgently that should provide a minimum of seven years imprisonment for hospital violence. To ensure that the cases are registered, culprits are arrested and conviction is necessitated, appropriate mandatory provisions as provided in the POCSO act have to be instituted. Hospitals should be declared as safe zones and provision of appropriate security should be the responsibility of the state.” He added