A day after psychiatrists from across the state struck work, members of the Ludhiana Specialist Doctors’ Association of Punjab Civil Medical Services on Tuesday submitted memorandums to civil surgeon Dr Subash Batta and Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.
The doctors want sections of the NDPS Act to be removed from the FIR lodged against Dr Sudha Vasudeva. Contesting the police claim, the doctors maintained that the stock of medicines within the civil hospital did not have any discrepancies. They said that the medicines found at Mullanpur-based private hospital were not of civil hospital as being claimed by the police authorities.
Dr Avinash Jindal, president of the Ludhiana Specialist Doctors’ Association, said, “The medicines found from both the doctors are commonly used in de-addiction centres for curing the addicts. If the same medicine is found outside the de-addiction centre, it is termed a narcotic drug. There is something wrong with the law. Therefore, it needs amendment so that doctors can be saved from this harassment.”
The doctors were talking about buprenorphine tablet which was found from both the doctors. Since Monday, private doctors have stopped prescribing this drug in their clinics to addicts to avoid harassment by police who have already arrested two doctors.
The doctors asked the administration to seek more clarification in the law and allow proper treatment of addicts. Otherwise such actions would create a hindrance in treating the habitual addicts.
As the association was of government doctors, they did not talk much about private doctor Dr Ashish Sharma.