Ensuring the safety of doctors and training them to improve personal relations with patients and their relatives were among the recommendations made by the medical and legal community at a day-long national convention on Medicine and Law held here recently.
Attacks on doctors, particularly in government hospitals, are on the rise. Data from the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors show there have been 16 attacks on doctors so far this year. Most of them took place following the death of a patient.
It was suggested that hospitals introduce steps such as banning video and audio recordings on their premises and training the staff to deal with such exigencies. Last week, the Bombay High Court gave the State government four weeks to list steps taken to ensure the safety of doctors.
One important recommendation was to take government hospitals and medical colleges out of the ambit of the Consumer Protection Act owing to poor infrastructure and patient overload. It was suggested that the courts take cognisance of the fact that reasonable treatment of government hospitals could not be the same as in private hospitals.
Setting an example
Member of Parliament and former Union Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss said there has to be a deterrent to protect doctors from attacks. He cited the example of Tamil Nadu, which has enacted a law that makes attacks on doctors a punishable offence with three to 10 years of imprisonment. Private hospitals were also asked to implement safeguards against surreptitious photography and video recording.
Courtesy – The Hindu News Paper
September 8, 2016 03:36 IST