The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday withdrew its proposed protest after a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
Interacting with doctors and the medical association through video-conferencing, along with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Amit Shah assured them that the government stands firmly behind the doctors for their safety and that it will do everything possible to protect them, sources in the Union Home Ministry said.
“Safety and dignity of our doctors at their workplace is non-negotiable. It is our collective responsibility to ensure a conducive atmosphere for them at all times. I have assured doctors that Modi govt is committed to their cause and appealed to reconsider their proposed protest,” Shah tweeted after the meeting.
Safety and dignity of our doctors at their work place is non-negotiable. It is our collective responsibility to ensure conducive atmosphere for them at all times.
I have assured doctors that Modi govt is committed to their cause and appealed to reconsider their proposed protest. pic.twitter.com/AJcxghGRkx
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) April 22, 2020
Several former office-bearers of the IMA appealed to doctors not to stage the symbolic protest at a time when the country is facing its worst public health crisis. They also urged the government to ensure safety and security for the doctors. Several videos of their appeals have been released on social media.
There have been several cases of healthcare workers and police personnel on COVID-19 duty being attacked by mobs in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Bihar and Karnataka.
Amid the rising incidents of violence against healthcare workers, the doctors’ body had demanded the government bring in a law on an urgent basis to protect medical professionals. It had also warned that doctors will observe a ”Black Day” if no action is taken by the government and that doctors in the country will work with black badges on April 23.