Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – 21:08

Mumbai: Assault on doctors is now a
cognisable and non-bailable offence in Maharashtra with the `Maharashtra Medical Services Persons and Medical Institutions (Prevention of Violence & Damages or Loss of Property) Ordinance 2010` coming into force in the state.

The ordinance includes a provision to award three
years imprisonment for assault on doctors. The offence will be cognisable and non-bailable, an official release said here today.

The ordinance also mentions a liability clause,
holding the hospital and medical practitioner responsible if a case of negligence is proved against them, it said.
Private medical practitioners in the state have been
protesting against growing incidents of assaults on their
fraternity members and the government`s “failure” in enacting a law for their protection.

The doctors, led by prominent eye surgeon and JJ
Hospital dean Dr T P Lahane, have been pressing for such an ordinance, which has already been implemented by certain states.

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