April 29, 2009 2:05:29 am
A special ordinance to prevent attacks on doctors,the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property),has been passed and issued to police to be implemented with immediate effect. Offenders can face three years in jail and be liable to pay a fine of Rs 50,000.
Dr Avinash Bhondwe,past president of the city unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA),said it took the medical associations nearly a-year-and-a-half to get the ordinance. According to Dr Devendra Shirole,president of the state IMA unit,there were as many as 12 attacks on doctors by relatives of patients alleging medical negligence.
More than 12,000 doctors from Mumbai alone had been joined by others in the state to stage a No Practice Day on February 24 in protest against inaction by the government in protecting them.
Doctors at public hospitals were particularly vulnerable because of the huge flow of patients. The ordinance makes attacks on doctors,nurses,paramedics and destruction of hospital property a cognisable and non-bailable offence.
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Committees will be set up in each district that will involve a government official,a medical expert and a social worker to hear any grievances of patients and relatives.
Compensation for any damage to the property will be recovered at twice the cost.
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