The Gujarat Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of violence and damage or loss of property) Bill 2012 was passed unopposed in the Assembly on Thursday as all the Opposition Congress members remained absent following their suspension from the house a day before.
The Bill proposes to make violence against doctors a cognisable and non-bailable offence with stiff punishments. The state government has proposed three-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 for the guilty of attack on medical professionals or damage to hospital properties.
After the Bill was passed,doctors from the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital came in large numbers to thank Chief Minister Narendra Modi for bringing the Bill.
Earlier,state Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas in his statement of Objects and Reasons had said,The role of medical professionals is directly connected with the lives of human beings. Sometimes unexpected complications arise during the treatment of patients. In some cases,severe complications result in the death of the patient during treatment. Sometimes relatives or guardians of the patient misunderstood the situation during such times,and commit the offence of assault on medical person or indulge in destruction of property… It is felt that these violent incidents need to be curtailed…Therefore,this Act is proposed.