In a recent incident in West Bengal, Dr. Paribaha Mukherjee, a young doctor was brutally attacked by a violent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata. Dr. Mukherjee is critical and fighting for his life. IMA is observed Nationwide Protest Day on June 14. IMA condemns the violence against the doctors in West Bengal. IMA demands exemplary action by the State Government of West Bengal. All the legitimate demands of the Resident Doctors in West Bengal should be accepted unconditionally.
Safety and security in hospitals have been a matter of great concern and need to be addressed and ensured. In view of the continued sufferings of the medical professionals and health workers as well as repeated occurrence of such incidents without redressal, the Indian Medical Association continued the protest on June 15 and June 16, as well, which will include black badges, Dharnas, peace marches etc.
Indian Medical Association hereby calls for an All India nation-wide withdrawal of non-essential services in all health care institutions on Monday, June 17, 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 All non-essential services including OPDs will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6:00 am to 6:00 am next day.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.
All Associations of the fraternity are requested to join in the struggle. Indian Medical Association has been demanding a National law against hospital violence.
IMA 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. National Law against violence on hospitals has to be brought in urgently.
The law should provide a minimum of seven years of 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.
Violence in hospitals will adversely affect patient care. 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. The 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 the peaceful ambiance in the hospitals. IMA condemns violence on doctors and hospitals.
IMA demands Central Act against violence in hospitals. Dr.Ashok Adhao, Patron IMA Nagpur and IMA Maharashtra, Dr. Kush Jhunjhunwala President and Dr. Manjusha Giri Hon. Secretary IMA Nagpur has appealed all allopathic doctors to keep their non-essential services to close for 24 hours from 6 am to 6 am ( next morning) on Monday, June 17.
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