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IMA writes to PM Modi, raises concern over growing attacks on medicos

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising concern regarding the growing attack on medicos across the country. The doctors’ body has requested the prime minister to take concrete steps to enhance the safety of medical professionals.

 The development comes after media reports came to the fore on attacks on doctors by relatives of patients who died while availing treatment for COVID-19.

“In the midst of this pandemic, we are also deeply hurt to see the increasing incidents of physical violence against the doctors and the health care professionals in this country. The brutal assault on our young doctor in Assam and the assault on lady doctors and even on veteran practitioners across the country – are really causing mental trauma amongst the practitioners,” the IMA’s letter stated.

“The Health Services Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill, 2019, which seeks to punish people who assault on-duty doctors and other healthcare professionals by imposing a jail term of up to 10 years – which, apparently, was dismissed by the Home Ministry during an inter-ministerial consultation over the draft law, ought to be promulgated immediately along with the incorporation of provisions from the IPC/CrPC and with stipulations for a fixed time schedule for speedy conclusion of trials,” it said.

IMA seeks action against people spreading misinformation

IMA has also requested PM Modi to take strict action against those spreading misinformation regarding modern medicine and vaccination against COVID-19 under the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Notably, IMA had been demanding strict action against yoga guru Ramdev for his remarks against allopathy and doctors.

The IMA in its letter to PM Modi said, “All such acts of omission and commission on behalf of any person raising doubts in the minds of the common public against the protocol guidance issued by the Ministry of Health for treatment of COVID-19 infected patients – ought to be suitably punished and simultaneously, any attempt of any person to fool the gullible public and promote so-called ‘magic remedies’ or ‘wonder drugs’ without the approval of the Ministry of Health, Government of India – ought to be immediately curtailed.”

Urges Centre to go for universal free vaccination

In its appeal, the doctors’ body said the government should promote universal free vaccination to all above 18 years of age without leaving the vaccines to the extent of 50 per cent to the states and private hospitals.

 

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