Govt plans law to prevent assaults on doctors

Principal secretary health and medical education AtalDulloo said the government was committed to dealing strictly with any kind of assault on doctors.

ZEHRU NISSA
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 22 2018 11:43PM | Updated Date: Sep 22 2018 11:43PM
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Following an assault on a woman doctor by attendants at the LalDed hospital last week, the state government on Saturday said it will hold consultations with the authorities concerned and doctors to bring in a law to prevent violence against doctors on duty.

Principal secretary health and medical education AtalDulloo said the government was committed to dealing strictly with any kind of assault on doctors. 

“An FIR has been registered in GMC incident and the culprits will be brought to book,” he said.

On 17 September, a postgraduate student of gynecology was beaten by attendants at the LD Hospital. The doctor sustained injuries on arms and legs and was saved by other attendants. 

The doctor was not even treating the patient whose baby, hospital authorities had said, suffered intra-uterine death and “wasn’t a case of negligence” as alleged by her attendants. The incident brought back focus on the demand for a stringent law to protect doctors from violence while they are on job. 

At least 19 states have already enacted the law for protection of doctors.   “There should be no problem in bringing the law but let doctors decide what type of law they want," said Dulloo.

A senior official said consultations will be held with authorities in both directorates of Kashmir and Jammu and those from all medical colleges of the state. 

In the recent past, as per reports, 50 incidents of assaults on doctors have been reported in hospitals associated with the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and in peripheral hospitals functioning under directorate of health services Kashmir.

An official in GMC Srinagar said they have already taken up the matter with the government in the past. In fact a proposal by the GMC had sought a law on lines of ‘Andhra Pradesh Ordinance against the Violence on Doctors’ in J&K for protection of doctors. 

“Let the government take the initiative to bring an end to sufferings of doctors. Our doctors live under constant fear while on job," said the official. A senior doctor at LD hospital said the government should, without wasting more time, call a meeting of authorities concerned to address the long-pending demand of doctors. “In the past we have seen how the demand would be repeatedly shelved till another incident takes place," the doctor said.

Doctors recently held a protest rally at the GMC against "unsafe working conditions" in hospitals.

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