Doctor attack: Bring ‘Assault on Medicare Act’ under IPC, demands IMA

During the month of March, Maharashtra witnessed two cases of doctors being attacked within a span of 15 days. The first incident is occurred on March 23 where a resident doctor was attacked at DY Patil Medical College in Pune. The second incident took place on March 31 at Mumbai’s Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital, wherein two family members of a patient attacked a first-year resident doctor who was on duty  

Doctor attack: Bring ‘Assault on Medicare Act’ under IPC, demands IMA

  • Since January 2015 to August 2016, 44 cases of doctor’s attack have been reported in total reported.
  • In the year 2016, 198 cases were reported, where doctors were attacked either by the patients relatives or by the patient themselves.
  • As per WHO data in 2014, 600 doctors in 19 countries were attacked while they were at work

Nowadays the issue of doctor’s security is being question again with attacks on doctors resurfacing.

Doctors from the Indian Medical Association had a meeting with Union Health Minister, JP Nadda on Monday. Various grievances faced by the doctor fraternity were discussed during the meeting. But, the crucial issue which was highlighted in the meeting was the violence against doctors and medical professionals

The doctors have demanded that the ‘Assault on Medicare Act’ should be brought under the ambit of Indian Penal Code (IPC) as the police are well informed about the act which protects the doctors. ‘Assault on Medicare’ Act should be used stringently as this will deter the potential attackers

DCP Mumbai, Manoj Kumar Sharma said, “We have arrested the two accused immediately after the altercation broke off. The patient’s relatives alleged that the doctor on duty was not giving the medical treatment properly. Now the accused have been remanded to judicial custody.”

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shivkumar Utture, IMA member said, “We have demanded that the central government makes assaults on medical professionals, a provision under the IPC. The Maharashtra medical service persons and medicare service institutions (prevention of violence and damage or loss to property) act is not under the IPC, so the police are not well aware about this act. So, if any case comes regarding doctor assault it will not be registered under the Medicare Act.”