IMA organizes nationwide protest to demand central law to protect doctors from violence – Edexlive
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Friday observed the “National Day of Protest” demanding a central law to protect doctors from violence.
The slogan for the protest is – ‘Save the Savior’ and doctors and healthcare workers could be seen across the country holding signs reading ‘Stop Violence Against Profession and Professionals’.
At the IMA office in Hyderabad, staff and doctors protested wearing black badges.
IMA Telangana Secretary of State Dr Narendra Reddy said violence against doctors should become a non-bailable offence.
“We had a law in 2008, where violence against healthcare workers carries a 3-year prison sentence which is bailable. If people attack doctors, they will be scared and not take serious cases” , said Dr. Reddy.
“Doctors must be protected. We are the saviors, we save people. We will be afraid and run away from our responsibilities. Society will suffer,” he added.
Doctors from All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi also took part in the protest. IMA General Secretary, Dr Jayesh Lele said, “The IMA observes June 18 as a National Day of Protest. We want a central act against violence against doctors. We have lost at least 1,400 doctors while protecting people from the pandemic.
“The government introduced a violence against doctors bill in 2019. We want it to be a law,” Dr Lele said. Ludhiana’s IMA unit also took part in the protest. IMA Ludhiana President Dr Saroj Aggarwal said: “There should be zero tolerance for violence against doctors and hospitals. People should learn to trust doctors and should know the difference between qualified and unqualified people.
“Doctors across the country are observing June 18 as the National Day of Protest by wearing badges, masks and black ribbons to mark the day as the government has failed to protect the brotherhood’s right to security. physicians,” said IMA Ludhiana secretary Dr. Ashish. Ahri said.
There have been incidents of violence in which doctors working in COVID wards have been beaten and brutally assaulted in Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
The IMA informed on Wednesday that as many as 730 doctors died during the second wave of the COVID pandemic. Bihar reported 115 doctor deaths, followed by Delhi which recorded 109 deaths and Uttar Pradesh with 79. In the southern states, Andhra Pradesh reported 38, Telangana 37, Karnataka 9, Kerala 24 and Odisha 31. Twenty-three doctors have died in Maharashtra.