Winter session: Assault on doctors bill likely to be tabled in Parliament

The union government will be table the draft legislation titled ‘The Healthcare Services Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of violence and violence and damage to property) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. This draft was prepared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

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There has been an increase in violence against doctors and medical professionals which has been witnessed across the country. The attack on a resident doctor in Kolkata was one of the prominent cases with doctors going on strike in the state of West Bengal.

Recommendations were invited for the draft legislation of the Healthcare Services Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of violence and violence and damage to property) Bill, 2019. Many people submitted their suggestions and objections.

Another case which prompted the union health ministry to draft this bill was an attack on a 73-year-old retired doctor in Jorhat, Assam who was killed while offering voluntary medical services.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shrikant Shinde, Member of Parliament, informed, “Assualt on doctors bill is likely to be tabled in the parliament in the current session. The bill is very important for the medical fraternity. As this will deter people from assaulting doctors. I hope that the bill is passed in this session itself.”

A central law has been a long pending demand from the medical fraternity in India.

The Government of India proposes to formulate legislation to address the issue of violence against healthcare service professionals.

Those who cause serious injury to doctors and other medical personnel can face imprisonment between three and 10 years and can be fined Rs 2 to 10 lakh.

Also, the draft bill states that those who commit violence or damage to hospital property can be imprisoned for six months to five years and fined between Rs 50,000 and Rs 5 lakh.

The incidents of doctors attacks have been rising across the country and a centralised law is needed to address this issue. Various states have their own laws, but they prove inadequate and inefficient to bring justice to the victims.