IMA to initiate a nationwide protest against the violence on doctors

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) will initiate a nationwide protest against the several episodes of assault and violence encountered by doctors as scheduled on June 18, said IMA chief, Dr. JA Jayalal on Saturday.

Jayalal revealed that in the last few months, there has been a gradual increase in the assault on doctors who have been round the clock and demanded that the government should put forth a law in their support under the CrPC and the IPC for the protection of doctors and other healthcare professionals.

According to the news agency ANI citing Jayalal said, “We demand that the government introduce a central protection law under the provisions of CrPC and IPC and also ensure that all government and private hospitals have a mandatory security structure.”

Recently, several doctors have been assaulted in the states of Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and West Bengal revealed Jayalal, further iterating that is the duty of the government to extend security to the frontline workers.

He said, “Doctors serving in Covid-19 wards have been brutally assaulted in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal. It is the government’s responsibility to ensure that frontline workers are safe while battling a pandemic.”

Regarding the protest on June 18, termed as ‘Save the Saviours’, Jayalal said the hospitals will continue to function normally. The IMA has urged all the state and local branches to be a part of the protest by wearing black badges, masks, ribbons and shirts. It has also urged the doctors to conduct awareness campaigns against the violence targeting healthcare workers.

Jayalal further added, “The Indian Medical Association (IMA) will lead a protest of healthcare workers on June 18 against assault on healthcare professionals with the ‘Save the Saviour’ slogan. No hospitals will be closed. Doctors will bear black badge, black mask, or black shirt.”

In Assam, a doctor was assaulted by a crowd a few days ago at a Covid care center (CCC). In another incident in Karnataka, the family of a child assaulted the doctor after her death.

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