With the law only on paper, it fails to deter patient’s kin. Doctors continue to remain vulnerable to attacks

The recent attack on resident Doctor in Maharashtra, has once again raised doubt - is the Law to safeguard the caregivers enough? Due to lack of awareness and implementation, the act - Maharashtra Medicare Services Persons and Medicare Services Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or loss to Property) Ordinance 2009 - has failed to deter patient’s kin

“We are aware about the law, we have taken swift action. 9 people have been booked under attempt to murder case” Additional SP Dhule Chandrakant Gawli said,

After the growing demand, and sustained pressure from the medical Fraternity, on 30th March 2009, state government had promulgated the act, “Maharashtra Medicare Services Persons and Medicare Services Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or loss to Property) Ordinance 2009”. This came into effect in 2010. But, since its inception, the act has failed to deter, patients and their relatives.

Dr. Shivkumar Utture, ex member of Maharashtra Medical Council said, “As per the act, violence against doctors, medical staff and medical establishment is non-bail able offence, which attracts imprisonment up to 3 years and fine. But, unfortunately the act seems to ththere only on papers. There is no awareness about the law in the society”.

Once again, doctor brutally attacked by angry relatives. Doctors across the state agitated
Dr Rohan Mhamunkar, a resident doctor from Dhule Civil hospital was mercilessly beaten up, apart from losing vision of his left eye, Mhamunkar also sustained head injury

Dr.Utture further added, “After the Dhule incident, now the time has come to sanitize police department, and make them aware about the act, which protects the Caregivers”.

As per Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) study:

75 percent of Doctor’s across the country are reported to have faced some form of violence

48.8% violence cases reported form intensive care units

Escort of patients committed are responsible for 63% violence

After this shocking study, the government swung into action. Center had set-up an inter-ministerial team in 2015 to examine such cases and evaluate ways to ensure safety of those who save lives. The panel had suggested bringing central act on this issue.

“The act is very good, but what it lacks is proper implementation. Doctors have to tell police about the law, enacted for their safety, police are not aware about his act. This is a very serious issue” said Senior Advocate Amit Karkhanis.

While rubbishing the allegation on police department Additional SP Dhule Chandrakant Gawli said, “We are aware about the law, and its parameters, we have taken swift action the culprits. 9 people have been booked under attempt to murder case, and after examining the footage we might arrest more”.

 

  • The need to create awerness by putting up the display board mentioning the law compulsorily in all clinics. Social media awerness , drama/ skit on the issue required uegently.