The health ministry has set up a committee to look into a proposal to frame a law that could curb violence against doctors across the country.
The move comes following demands from various doctors’ organisations demanding a law to stop violence, following the all India strike held in June by doctors against attacks on medicos by the family of a patient in Kolkata.
The 10-member panel comprises members from the home ministry, the legal affairs department as well as representatives from Medical Council of India and doctors’ associations, along with medical superintendents of AIIMS and RML Hospital.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which launched a four-day, nation-wide protest demanding a central law with a provision for a minimum of a seven-year jail sentence to violators, welcomed the decision.
“IMA has won the first battle in its struggle against violence. The union government has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to go into the central legislation against the assault on doctors and hospitals. Congratulations to the entire medical fraternity,” the doctors’ body said in a statement.
Supporting the demand, union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had written to all states requesting the chief ministers to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals from any form of violence.