IMA to hold ‘satyagrah’ against ‘violence’ faced by doctors


Monday, 02 October 2017

The Indian Medical Association will observe satyagrah by going on dawn to dusk fast on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 to press for their unfulfilled demands.

The day has also been commemorated as the ‘International Day of Non Violence’ by the United Nations in memory of Mahatma Gandhi, who was born on this day.

Dr Ajay Aggarwal, IMA, president Chandigarh chapter announced that the doctors would gather at IMA Complex, Sector 35 here and hold a GBM to press for their demands, and will write a open letter to Prime Minister to intervene and solve their problems.

This fast takes forward the “Dilli Chalo” movement of IMA held on June 6 and marks our continuing Satyagraha for a solution to the problems faced by the medical profession, said he.

Dr Aggarwal, said, “Incidence of violence and injustice against doctors are increasing at alarming rate. The ‘Prevention of Violence against Medical Personnel and Establishment Act, 2009’ has been implemented in almost 19 states, but very few convictions have been done in last 6 – 7 years.”

He demanded that a more stringent Central Act under IPC is required to act as a deterrent against this mindless violence. Criminal Prosecution and arrest of doctors under sections 304 and 304A on patients’ complains of medical negligence has become order of the day. Doctors are also being prosecuted for minor procedural lapses like incomplete forms, not under PCPNDT Act, said he.

He added that more than 70 doctors have been prosecuted in Punjab alone in last 4 years. Police and other authorities should be sensitised about this, Dr Aggarwal said.

Padma Shri awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, national president Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Dr RN Tandon, secretary general IMA in a joint statement, has said, “We demand immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee and other issues. The Government had constituted the Inter-Ministerial Committee on November 13, 2015, with IMA as a party.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee considered our demands. The Health ministry also recommended and forwarded the recommendations of the committee on all five major issues to the concerned Ministries for necessary action. But they are yet to be implemented.”

Courtesy: The Pioneer


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