Mumbai: IMA to host conclave to highlight violence against doctors

As incidence of violence committed against doctors and in hospitals are on the rise. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had decided to hold an international conference to bring this serious issue to the fore. The main theme of this event is ‘Zero Tolerance on Violence on doctors and Hospitals’

IMA to host conclave to highlight violence against doctors
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Healthcare violence is now emerging to become a global phenomenon. Violence is demoralising both doctors and healthcare personnel.

A done by the survey by the Indian Medical Association has shown that 72 per cent of doctors have suffered physical or verbal abuse in their career, at some point in time.

The organisation will soon be conducting an International Conclave on “Zero Tolerance on Violence on doctors and Hospitals” on February 08 and 09 at Forum Hall, Hotel Lalit, Sahar Road, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

World Medical Association (WMA) President, Dr Leonid Eidelman and Secretary General Dr Otmar Kloiber have will be participating in the conclave. Also, many delegates from International Medical associations shall be participating in this conclave.

Delegates from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) medical association shall also conduct a panel discussion.

IMA leaders from across India with the help of judiciary, advocates and police authorities shall also speak during the international conclave.

The program shall start on Friday, February 08 noon, and will continue till Saturday, 9th February afternoon. National, as well as, international leaders will be speaking on this crucial issue.

This event will not only serve as a platform to express grievances, but will also aim to find constructive solutions to prevent and combat instances of violence against doctors and the medical fraternity.

There were several notable accounts of violence against doctors in the year 2018:

  • Two junior resident doctors at Sir JJ Group of hospitals, were assaulted by a patient’s relatives on May 19, 2018
  • On May 8, 2018 a similar incident took place at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur. The security guard, who was trying to save the doctor, was also injured.
  • In March 2018, a doctor attached to Mumbai’s St George hospital was also manhandled by the patient’s relatives.
  • Since January 2015 to August 2016, as many as 44 cases of attacks on doctor have been reported.
  • In the year 2016, as many as 198 cases were reported, where doctors were attacked either by patient’s relatives or by the patient themselves.
  • As per WHO data, in 2014, around 600 doctors in 19 countries were attacked while they were at work.

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