New Delhi: Delhi Medical Association on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre to put in place preventive measures to protect the doctor and healthcare workers, who are working tirelessly in treating Covid patients, from the violence unleashed by irate relatives of patients.
DMA, with over 15,000 members from medical fraternity, cited 23 instances of recent attacks on doctors and healthcare workers in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to argue that the existing laws punishing assaulters of doctors and healthcare workers have not proved an effective deterrent.
Quoting a study by famous and one of the oldest medical journals, ‘The Lancet’, the petitioner through advocate Sneha Kalita said “nearly 75% doctors in India have faced either verbal or physical violence during their lifetime.”
DMA said the state laws, which punish those assaulting doctors, do not provide a preventive security mechanism for doctors or creation of a safety room in the hospital where the targeted doctor or health worker could retreat in the face of an impending assault. “There is no central policy for compensation by the government to the injured doctor/healthcare personnel or their kith and kin, if they succumb to injuries caused by the assault from relatives of the patients,” the DMA said.
News source- Economic Times