TNN | Sep 12, 2015, 05.24 AM IST

NOIDA: The Noida chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked the district magistrate to ensure a safe working environment for doctors, in the wake of an attack on a doctor of ESIC Hospital by relatives of a patient on Wednesday.

Condemning the attack, Dr A K Aggarwal, president of IMA’s Noida branch, said the patient’s family should have taken legal recourse if they had any issues with the treatment administered and said that violence was not the way to settle the matter.

“The patient’s family members can move the consumer court if they feel it is a case of medical negligence. Opting for violence on doctors and medical staff is a matter of serious concern,” Aggarwal said.

The association said it would meet the district magistrate to demand strict implementation of Medical Protection Act 2013, which considers any act of violence against medical professionals as a cognizable and non-bailable offence, punishable with a maximum imprisonment of three years and fine.

Doctors said creating a ruckus in city hospitals has become commonplace. ”

In the event of death, attendants vent their anger on us. This is unacceptable,” said a doctor at ESIC Hospital.

Pankaj Verma, casualty medical officer at ESIC Hospital, who was thrashed for alleged medical negligence after a 45-year-old woman died of dengue on Wednesday, called the behaviour of the relatives ‘uncivilized’.

“My duty started from 9pm and the patient was admitted in the morning. The patient died at the time I joined the office, but the attendants came and started beating me. The entire incident has instilled a sense of insecurity among the medical fraternity,” Verma said. He had received fractures in his right hand and left leg and is recovering in hospital.


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