No more attacks: Doctors demand stringent law, file petition to PM Modi

Doctors’ association Medicos Legal Action Group (MLAG) is worried, owing to the rising incidents on the attack on doctors across the country. After which, they have filed an online petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also, they have urged government to take a stern action

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Attacks on doctors across the country are increasing. So, government should make a strict law against the attack on doctors, demanded Medicos Legal Action Group. With regards to this, the organisation has filed an online petition to PM Modi.

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Tow day ago, patient’s relative had vandalised Holy Cross Hospital in Kalyan. Acid bottles were thrown in the hospital and the doctors were held hostages for three hours. So, with the help of social media, an online petition has been filed to PM Modi.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Neeraj Nagpal, president, Medicos Legal Action Group, Chandigarh said, “Attacks on medicos are spreading like an epidemic. The one who serves the patients is attacked and that is worrisome. The government should take a note of it as it should not be repeated in future and should take a strict action against it.”

He added, “According to a survey carried out by the Indian Medical Association, 75 per cent of the doctors have experienced attacks. If the incidents keep on rising, the doctors will fear to treat patients which in turn will affect the patients.”

Dr Neeraj Nagpal
Dr Neeraj Nagpal

In Mumbai between January 2015 and August 2016, 44 cases of doctor’s assault were reported. Speaking about the Kalyan incident, Hemraj Ingle, Indian Medical Association, Dombivli said, “Government should take a necessary action against the attack on the doctors. People carried acid bottles in the gruesome incident which took place at Kalyan’s Hospital. But, such situation is not good for the patients. As, if the patient is critical he will not be able to get a timely treatment.”

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), in the year 2014, 600 medical professionals were attacked in 19 countries. Whereas, in the year 2016, 198 cases of attacks on the doctors were reported.