Doctors all over the nation are on strike today. As the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Sunday announced they will continue with its strike on June 17.
All the non-essential health care services will be shut down across the country. The recent assault on doctors in West Bengal is the reason behind this strike of doctors.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has asked states to consider passing a law that protects all the medical professionals (including doctors) from the violence that sometimes end up taking the life of doctors.
But that’s not what IMA wanted
Indian Medical Association, don’t just want different states to pass a law to protect their medical professionals. Instead, they are demanding for a central law that will deal with all the violence on doctors and other medical staff of a healthcare system.
In the statement, they asked to address the security measures and other factors that lead to the violence. Perpetrators of violence should also get punished, and this punishment should be that part of central law. A suitable law should be brought in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
To put pressure on their demands, IMA decided to go on a strike all over the country. All the non-essential services will be taken down for 24 hours. Starting from 6 am on Monday to 6 am on Tuesday. Although emergency and casualty services will continue to serve those who are in needs.
Different belief, lack of infrastructure, poor human resources, effective communication related to the illness, etc give rise to the violence against doctors.
In IMA’s statement, they asked to declare hospitals as a “safe zones”. Starting with the structured safety measures, including three-layer security, CCTV cameras for surveillance and limiting the entry of visitors is needed to take care off. It is required to implement a law uniformly across the country.
Affect on Delhi
The situation in West Bengal is still not very great, all the medical colleges and major hospitals are still working under the fear of violence. This has affected hospitals in Delhi as well.
Doctors working at the Centre-run Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital, GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and DDU Hospital, took part in the protest on Saturday and boycotted all the work.
Resident doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital, have given a 48-hour ultimatum to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Asking her to meet the demands of doctors who suffered.
After the West Bengal incident, doctors attended patients wearing helmets and bandages as a sign of protest. This time the government should listen to these doctors and come up with something that put an end to this violence at a hospital. Hospitals should declare a safe zone. What do you think?