September 8, 2017

The notice published in newspapers by Delhi Police points out that assault upon a doctor is a Non Bailable Criminal Offence and attracts imprisonment for three years, or fine, or both.

Resident doctors working in government hospitals have expressed happiness over a public notice issued by the Delhi Police for the safety of doctors in the national capital. The notice has been published in national newspapers’ on September 8, 2017.

The notice mentions: “A doctor is a life saver. Owing to several reasons, your doctor may be under extreme pressure and thus have regard and faith in him. Assault upon a doctor is a Non Bailable Criminal Offence and attracts imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or fine or both under ‘Medicare Service Personnel and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act-2008.”

After this public notice for their safety, the doctors see some hope. They say that more awareness should be created among the public so that patients have faith in doctors in critical hours of the treatment in emergency or OPDs.

Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti, President, RDA, Delhi-AIIMS, says that this is a sign of great relief that the government and administration are concerned about doctors’ safety and are creating awareness.

Dr Bhatti adds “ We thank Delhi Police for this action. This must be replicated in all states of India. Apart from print media, these sign boards must be made visible in all hospitals and big hoardings should be put up all over India.”

He explains, “Awareness drives must be carried out on TV and into the community. Strict action against offenders with special courts will also benefit us to work stress free. Till now, no conviction of any assaulter has been there. Therefore, quick court decisions in these cases will definitely improve doctors’ safety.”

Dr Vijay Kumar Gurjar, Ex-President, Delhi- AIIMS, says that the Delhi Police notice is the result of untiring efforts made by doctors. The High court has also played a major role for doctors’ safety, by directing government to take initiatives for doctors’ safety in hospital premises.

The doctors have been raising their concern over increasing assaults on them while treating patients in emergency and OPD wards. They have gone on strike time and again against these assaults and demanded better security arrangements.

Courtesy:   Drug Today                                                                                                                        Medical Times


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