While Indian Medical Association is advocating a stringent law at the Centre for addressing the issue of doctors facing violence at their workplace, in Rajasthan laws exists but to no avail.
TNN | May 05, 2015
JAIPUR: While Indian Medical Association is advocating a stringent law at the Centre for addressing the issue of doctors facing violence at their workplace, in Rajasthan laws exists but to no avail.
The state government, taking note of the attacks on doctors, has made attack on doctors and healthcare staff a non-bailable offence but violence still exists. In fact, special force for hospitals has also been created but there is no improvement, as it is yet to be deployed properly.
In 2008, when the resident doctors of the state had gone on strike allegedly after some attendants clashed with them. They had protested and also took out rallies against the incidents. Later, the state government resolved the matter and introduced Rajasthan chikitsa paricharya adhiniyam in 2008. It made attack and assault on doctors a non-bailable offence. However, the doctors claimed that it has not effectively controlled the incident of violence against the doctors in government hospitals. “It has failed to prevent such incidents of violence against the healthcare staff. Several times, I have taken up the issue with the state government to make the people aware about the provisions of the act that violence against doctors is a non-bailable offence,” Indian Medical Association president Dr S S Agarwal said.
He said that there is no such act at the Centre but different states have different acts to prevent such incidents. He said that such attacks on doctors are a routine. “Such incident happened in Tamil Nadu on Sunday. On Saturday, it happened in Allahabad. So, we will take it up with the Centre to take necessary step into the matter,” Dr Agarwal said.
Even though there is an Act in place, with strict provisions, the act of violence against the doctors have not stopped, the doctors claimed.
“There are provision in the act of imprisonment up to three years and fine up to Rs 50,000, but nothing happens. Eventually, the resident doctors go on strike to protest against it,” Jaipur association of resident doctors (JARD) president Dr Rajvendra Choudhary said.
Dr Chaudhary said, “If police register a case against the accused attendants, the attendants file cross FIR against the doctors accusing them of negligence and carelessness.”
The police also claimed that in most of the matters, the doctors and attendants end their dispute in compromise in such situation of filing FIRs against each other.
Courtesy: ET Healthworld
From the Economic Times
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