IMA organizes nationwide protest to demand central law to protect doctors from violence

June 18, 2021 2:31 PM STI

Hyderabad (Telangana) / New Delhi / Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], June 18 (ANI): The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Friday celebrated the “National Day of Protest” demanding a central law to protect doctors from violence.
The slogan of the protest is “Save the Savior” and doctors and health workers could be seen across the country with signs reading “Stop the violence against the profession and the professionals”.
At the IMA office in Hyderabad, staff and doctors protested wearing black badges.
IMA Telangana Secretary of State Dr Narendra Reddy told ANI that violence against doctors should be considered a non-bail offense.
“We had a law in 2008 where violence against healthcare workers is punishable by up to 3 years in prison which can be released on bail. If people attack doctors, they will be afraid and will not deal with serious cases. “said Dr Reddy.
“Doctors must be protected. We are the saviors, we save people. We will be afraid and shirk our responsibilities. Society will suffer,” he added.
Doctors from All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi also took part in the protest.

IMA Secretary General Dr Jayesh Lele said: “The IMA observes June 18 as the 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 bill on violence against doctors in 2019. We want it to be law,” said Dr Lele.
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 know the difference between skilled and unskilled 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 fraternity’s right to safety doctors, ”said IMA Secretary Ludhiana, Dr Ashish. Ohri said.
There have been incidents of violence in which doctors from the COVID services have been beaten and brutally assaulted in Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
The IMA informed Wednesday that as many as 730 doctors have died during the second wave of the COVID pandemic.
Bihar reported 115 medical 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. (ANI)

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