NEW DELHI 13 April 2015

In yet another reminder of security risks to medical practitioners, a renowned gastroenterologist from Allahabad, was brutally beaten up by relatives of an 80-year-old patient, who died in the hospital due to multi-organ failure in the morning.

The patient was alcoholic cirrhosis with renal failure. When Dr Rohit Gupta, 53, came to see the patient, the relatives of the patients pounced on him and beat him mercilessly for 10 to 15 minutes, snatched his mobile and gold chain and damaged ICU infrastructure. Dr Rohit suffered fracture face and multiple soft injuries in the assault.

Condemning the attack on an on-duty doctor, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) demanded immediate arrest of the culprit.

Describing the attack on the doctor as very unfortunate, Dr A Marthanda Pillai, National President, IMA, said doctors who render services to society were exposed to such brutalities by miscreants. In a letter written to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, he expressed deep concern over the incident involving a senior member of the association.

Dr KK Aggarwal, Secretary General, IMA urged the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter and take action against the culprits so that doctors in the state feel safe to work and do justice to the profession and to the patients.

IMA also demanded immediately issuance UP Ordinance on the lines of other 14 states in the name of UP Medicare Service Persons and Medicate Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property Act 2005).

In 14 states of the country including AP, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Harayna, MP, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Tripura and West Bengal, Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property Act/Ordinance, which makes such physical assault on doctors a non-boilable offence, is in place.

The local unit of the IMA went on strike against the assault on the doctor, while UP state branch of the IMA has called a state-wide agitation.

Courtesy:    Drug Today

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