GUWAHATI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Saturday decided to hold a protest on June 18 as ‘National Protest Day’ against the recent assaults on doctors in different parts of India. The slogan of the protest is titled ‘save the warriors’.
“Recent instances of violence against doctors in Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and many other places are extremely disturbing. Doctors have sustained multiple fractures and serious injuries,” said JA Jayalal, president of the Indian Medical Association.
Regarding the safety of healthcare professionals, the IMA also insisted the central and state government to address concern to these issues without delay.
Speaking about the attacks on female doctors, Jayalal stated, “Female doctors are facing more violent verbal and physical assaults. Every day violent attacks are occurring across the country.”
Observing the protest, IMA mentioned that press conferences will also be organized and meetings will be held with NGOs and voluntary service leaders.
Furthermore, the Indian Medical Association has made an appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union health and home ministers and the chief ministers of various states to attend to the safety of healthcare professionals instantaneously.
The execution of the central hospital and Health Care Professionals Protection Act with Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is also being demanded by Indian Medical Association. There should be a uniformity and increase in security in each hospital and they should be declared as protected zones.
The IMA asked for stern punishment for the attackers and they should be tried under fast-track mode.
In addition, it said that a National Demand Day will be observed on June 15 including the holding of press meets across the country by respective branches.