Violence against docs on the rise


GURGAON: The talk show organised by the Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Society of India (FOGSI) focused on highlighting the difficulties faced by doctors and attempted at educating the media and the public about their problems. The plight of the doctors was described by none other than the doctors themselves in the recently concluded 3rd Medico-legal Conference in the city.

The participant doctors said the very disturbing trend of perpetuating violence against doctors has been on the rise in recent years. They condemned mob violence at medical establishments without any reason.

The convener of the conference, Dr Dilip Walke, said, We do not want to protect any doctor who is negligent but there is a law for this purpose.
Any person responsible for igniting violence against the doctor and his establishment should also be punished. If the patient or his relatives feel that the patient had died due to the doctors negligence, they should report the matter to the police.

Dr RN Goel said, Nine states including Haryana have passed rule to curb violence by mob but the police are not adhering to it.

The president of FOGSI, Dr Sanjay Gupte, said that mutual faith between the doctor and patient was most important element and for violence, onus is on both sides. The doctor should properly communicate about the disease, the treatment desired and chances of cure to the patient and his relatives. On the other hand, the patient should also listen to the doctor because some diseases are still incurable. He felt that the media should try to play constructive role and not to further increase the gap between doctors and patients.

He added that doctors are willing to help the government improve the PNDT Act.


Aditya Dev