Doctors belonging to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) observed a country wide satyagraha by fasting for an entire day the day of Gandhi Jayanti. The aim is to protest against the no-decision of the government to make any concrete laws to address the increasing assaults on the doctors.
The other demands also include the delinking penal provisions against doctors for minor clerical errors in act like PCPNDT, timely changes Clinical Establishment Act, capping of compensation in cases of medical negligence and withdrawal of National Medical Council Bill.
Dr Parthiv Sanghavi, Spokesperson of Maharashtra IMA, said, “Nineteen states in the country have an act to curb violence against doctors, but we demand a central law. The law like Clinical Establishment act criminalizes medical practice in some states and it should be stopped. If government does not approve of our demands, we will decide about our next strategy after three months. In the entire country the doctors observed the satyagraha.”
Dr Prakash Marathe, Indian Medical Association (IMA) President, Pune, said, “Medical Council of India (MCI), Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) and other relevant acts can be modified to include all clinical establishment and health care providers and management of hospital. All hospitals, corporate health institutes should be brought under its preview.”
The provisions like inclusion of anti-corruption bureau in the act against cut practices were opposed. IMA also emphasised that law should not entertain anonymous complaints and demanded severe punishments for frivolous complaints.
The IMA is also demanding an elected national body of the Medical Council of India and not replace it with a national medical commission which is completely a government nominees’ body.
IMA is also demanding to abolish the national eligibility test after MBBS for starting practice by the doctors. The association is demanding capping of the compensation amount in cases of negligence by doctors.