The DGP said that he would hold the jurisdictional police, DCPs and SPs responsible for any attacks on representatives or establishments and warned action against them.
Published: June 05, 2017, 15:44 IST
BENGALURU: Five months ago, Vikram Hospital at Vasanthanagar was vandalised by the son-in-law of senior Congress leader CM Ibrahim who was angry that a team of doctors performed an abortionprocedure on his wife without taking his consent.
The hospital’s explanation that the procedure was necessary to save the woman did not convince him.
Later, the hospital authorities filed a complaint against him with the local police, accusing him of damaging the hospital property. The hospital claimed that it, in fact, took the consent of the woman, her mother and sister in order to save her life. That obviated the need for another consent from husband.
Such incidents have become quite routine especially at Bengaluru’s corporate hospitals. The doctors often come under attack whenever they are unable to save a life.
State police chief RK Dutta has noted a spike in such incidences. To deal with the problem, he has issued a standing order requiring the local police to safeguard medical professionals and hospitals from physical attacks and violence. He has asked them to be regularly in touch with the hospitals in their jurisdiction and exchange notes about potential threats.
The DGP said that he would hold the jurisdictional police, DCPs and SPs responsible for any attacks on representatives or establishments and warned action against them if such incidents are not effectively dealt with. In a chat with ET, the DGP said that it is a matter of concern that despite Karnataka enacting the Karnataka Prohibition of Violence against Medicare Service Personnel and Damage to Property in Medicare Service Institutions Act about eight years ago, attacks on doctors have not abated.
Dr CN Manjunath, director at Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, said laws make attacks on medical professionals and hospitals a non-bailable offence. In this context, he hailed the DGP’s latest circular and said it could create some sort of awareness among the people. He, however, sought to clarify that a doctor could be held accountable only if a death or deterioration in health conditions of a patient occurs due to negligence.
Doctors avoid night shifts as emergency cases such as people badly injured in accidents, those with multiple organ failure or heart attacks are reported during night hours. Fear of physical violence is also one of the factors, according him, that drive doctors away from working in rural as well as small hospitals.
The DGP’s circular to police personnel mentions that in case a patient or his relatives complaints against doctors or a hospital, the police must deal with such complaints in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Supreme Court.
Courtesy: ET Healthworld
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