IMA participates in nationwide protest on Friday demanding central law on violence against doctors
About 3.5 million doctors from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will participate in a nationwide protest on Friday demanding a central law addressing violence against doctors.
IMA National President Dr JA Jayalal said that in addition to its membership, a number of organizations such as the Medical Association of India, the Association of Surgeons of India, the network of medical students and the network of junior doctors would participate in the event.
In Bihar and central Kerala, doctors will close their clinics in the morning to lobby for demand for a central law against violence against doctors. In the evening, a public interaction was organized to form a coordination team in each branch of the IMA to prevent such violence from taking place.
“We are deeply hurt to see an increase in physical violence against doctors and healthcare professionals. It happens day in and day out. The IMA is pushing for a central act against violence, ”the IMA said in a statement.
The Health Services Personnel and Clinical Facilities (Prohibition of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill, 2019, which sought to impose a prison term of up to 10 years for assaulting duty doctors and other health professionals, was rejected by the Home Office, saying the law was not feasible because health is a matter of state, he said.
“There are many central health laws such as the PCPNDT law and the law on clinical establishments. Currently 21 states have local laws, but what we need is strong central law to protect doctors from violence, ”the medical corps said.
Listing plans for Friday’s protest, the IMA said memorandums would be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as senior ministers including Home Secretary Amit Shah. All branches of the IMA would submit memoranda to local authorities.
“All the 1,700 branches are organizing events to mark the event. The student wings are very active on the event because they are the most concerned about the way in which the problem is approached and treated ”, indicates the press release from the IMA.
“We demand that the government improve security arrangements in every hospital and declare hospitals as protected areas,” the statement said.
On the issue of recent controversial comments by yoga guru Ramdev, the IMA said that a number of complaints against police have been filed across the country for their “dishonest statements, which we believe go to the end. ‘against the interests of the citizens of the country’.
“Accordingly, we urged the Prime Minister to take appropriate action against him. We respect Ayurveda as part of our culture and ancient science and we never go out to criticize it… Our job is to make sure that they (the patients) are treated in the best possible way. We are not interested in controversies, ”he said.