Doctor attack: Government hospitals in Delhi to file FIR in case of assault

The Delhi government has issued a circular to all state-run hospitals asking them to file an institutional FIR in cases involving abuse or violence on doctors involving patients or their relatives

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In the last few years, attacks on doctors have increased manifold. Keeping the rising spate of attacks in mind the Delhi government has taken a step asking government-run hospitals to file an FIR as a whole when an individual has been assaulted.

Earlier, the doctor, nurse or paramedical staff would have to individually go to the police station and file an FIR report if they were manhandled or attack.

The new circular changes this perspective by asking the hospital to file an FIR as an institution against the individual responsible for inflicting violence on the doctors.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sumedh Sandanshiv, National President, Federation Of Resident Doctors Association India (FORDA), said, “A similar circular was brought in earlier by the government but it wasn’t implemented properly. It primarily means that if a doctor is attacked while on duty at the hospital, it is the responsibility of the hospital administration to file an FIR. As the doctor was working for the hospital when he/she was attacked; it is important for the institution to bear the responsibility. Also, if the hospital is responsible to respond to the court in regards to the FIR.”