#SaveDoctors: 53 doctor attacks in Maharashtra, but no convictions

As the number of attacks on doctors is increasing doctors say they work under fear. Doctors feel that their life is at stake while they save the life of their patients. They have been recent attacks over doctors in the state, but the conviction rate is quite low

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In a recent incident in West Bengal, Dr Paribha Mukherjee, a young doctor was brutally attacked by a violent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata. He is critical and fighting for his life.

As the atmosphere in the medical fraternity is charged across the country as a result of the Kolkata doctor attack.

In response to this incident, doctors from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka have taken to the streets to protest. This has affected medical services across the country.

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Following are the incidences recently reported in the country where doctors were attacked:

May 28, 2018 : A junior resident doctor attached to Government Medical College (GMC), Nagpur in Maharashtra had been manhandled by the patient and relatives.

March 13, 2018: BJP corporator in Pune manhandled a female doctor in Pune alleging that the doctor wasn’t paying attention to the patients.

September 11, 2018: A doctor was assaulted outside his residence by unknown assailants.

September 5, 2018: A doctor working in Buldhana district, Maharashtra was assaulted.

Recently statistics was revealed that around 53 doctors faced assault but there is no conviction yet.

Dr Jayant Navrage, a senior paediatrician from Pune, said, “Justice delayed is justice denied. When we go on strike it is patient who is at inconvenience. But, when we don’t get justice and law and order gets disturbed again and again, we are left with no option but to protest. In any democratic system prompt justice delivery system is crucial.”

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In a recent incident in West Bengal, Dr Paribha Mukherjee, a young doctor was brutally attacked by a violent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata. He is critical and fighting for his life.

A recent IMA survey suggests that around 40 per cent doctors during their entire career witness assault at least once. Attacks on doctors, pending cases on such attacks, demands for more security to doctors are frequently been reported in media.

The Indian Medical Association has been demanding a ‘national law against hospital violence.’

The organisation has declared a zero-tolerance policy against violence on doctors and healthcare establishments.

The World Medical Association has also passed a resolution against violence on healthcare establishments and urged to bring stronger legislation against this menace.

 

Dr Sanjay Patil, President of IMA Pune, said, “It becomes difficult to work under the climate of fear. We tirelessly work to make people healthy and when the same people attack us we feel bad about it. It is must that attacks on health care providers should be stopped.”

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A senior doctor at government medical college in Pune, requesting anonymity, said, “These kinds of cases will affect public healthcare ultimately. Doctors then will not take up complicated and risky cases. If doctors are not allowed to work under stress-free environment it is going to impact negatively on their service.”

Following are the demands by doctors which will help in minimising such incidences:

  • To ensure that the cases are registered, culprits are arrested and conviction is necessitated, appropriate mandatory provisions as provided in the POCSO Act has to be instituted.
  • Hospitals should be declared as special zones and the provision of appropriate security should be the responsibility of the state.
  • The National Law against violence on hospitals has to be brought in urgently.
  • The law should provide a minimum of seven years of imprisonment for hospital violence.