Doctor attack: Take stern action against the culprits, demands IMA

A resident doctor attached to DY Patil Medical College in Pimpri-Chinchwad, was ruthlessly attacked by patient's relatives on Friday evening. He sustained serious face injuries. Doctors from Indian Medical Association (IMA), condemned it and raised this grave issue in Delhi's mahapanchayat on Sunday

Doctor attack: Take stern action against the culprits, demands IMA

  • From January 2015 to August 2016, 44 cases of assault on doctor were recorded.
  • As per World Health Organization, in the year 2014, 600 doctors was attacked in 19 countries worldwide
  • In the year 2016, 198 cases were reported, where doctors were attacked either by  the patients relatives  or by the patient themselves.

On one hand, we have the Indian Medical Association’s doctors who have been protesting against the government regarding the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill. And on the other, assaults on doctors are increasing by the day.

On Friday evening, a resident doctor attached with DY Patil Medical College in Pimpri-Chinchwad, was mercilessly beaten-up by the patient’s relatives, after patient’s sudden death. The doctor named Aaditya Pandian was injured in the attack.

Doctor attack: Take stern action against the culprits, demands IMA
Dr Aaditya Pandian

After this recent attack, the issue of doctor’s security has gained prominence again.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Jitendra Bhawalkar, Dean of DY Patil Medical College said, “The incident is unfortunate. But, the medical services have now been resumed. Everything in the hospital is back to normal. We are in constant touch with the doctor and his family.”

On Sunday (March 25), IMA doctors had organised a massive protest in Delhi. The doctors are protesting against the National Medical Commission Bill. Wherein, the doctors had raised the concern on the rising attacks on medical practitioners in the country.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vinay Aggarwal, Past National President-IMA and coordinator of the mahapanchayat, said, “It is very unfortunate that the government has not been able to provide us a safe environment. Every day there is news of doctors being beaten up. So, there should be CCTV cameras placed along with a proper security. Too many attendants shouldn’t be allowed. There should be some safety measures. This will minimise the assaults.”

He added, “Government’s 19 states have promulgated the ordinance of prevention of violence against the doctors and medical establishments which has a provision of 3 to 5 years of jail. Rs 50,000 to Rs 5, 00,000 fine. But, some where it is bailable somewhere it is non-bailable. Somewhere it is cognizable bailable. While some where it is cognizable non-bailable. We are asking to provide a central act. We are requesting to provide a central law. If the provisions come as an IPC provisions, it is implemented effectively.”

Dr Prakash Marathe, President IMA, Pune chapter, while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “Patients and their relatives should assist the doctors. If cases like this continue to rise, we will not have doctors to take care of the patients. The IMA condemns such attacks. The government should take stern action against the culprits under Doctors Protection Act.”

Finding ways to tackle the issue of doctor attacks is still a major concern for the state.

Dr Neeraj Nagpal, President of Chandigarh medico legal action group, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, voicing his concerns on the increase in the attack on doctors in India.