The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has launched a nationwide strike on Monday, June 17. The protest has been called against the background of the rising number of doctor’s assault cases in India. Over three lakh private doctors in India will not provide medical services, but emergency services will be kept running.
In his letter to Dr Harsh Vardhan, MP Rahul Shewale stated, ‘I write this to draw your attention on the recent incidents of violent attacks by mob on doctors on duty and medical establishments in the country especially in West Bengal. In this connection, Chembur Branch of Mumbai, Indian Medical Association has submitted a representation concerning violence against a junior Dr Paribha Mukherjee of NRS Medical College, Kolkata, who is in a serious condition due to mob lynching. The representation of IMA is self-explanatory and attached here for your kind perusal and immediate necessary action.’
The letter further added, ‘In my view, all persons have the Constitutional right to work in a safe environment without fear and threat of violence. It is the duty of state government to provide safe and peaceful environment and security of its citizens to work and live without fear in the state. Keeping in view of the increasing incidents of violent attacks on medical establishments, now the time has come that a multifaceted approach encompassing the areas of legislation, security, data collection, training and public awareness are required to successfully address the issue of violence on health sector. There should be an efficient mechanism to manage such situations especially through strong government support and nobody is allowed to politicise this issue in any way. Immediate central legislation in the form of a special law with strong punishment is to be made in our country.’