Hyderabad: With an aim to address the issues of violence against doctors, health care professionals and damage to the property of clinical establishments, the Union Health Ministry has proposed legislation. In this regard, the Healthcare Service Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of violence and damage to property) Bill, 2019 has been prepared by the ministry.

The Bill proposed imprisonment up to six months to 10 years and a fine up to Rs. 50,000 to10 lakh as a punishment for assaulting a doctor or health care personnel. The Ministry has also invited suggestions from the public within a span of 30 days on the draft legislation.

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Doctor G Srinivas, the president of resident doctors association, NIMS said, “Yes, this is a good move by the Central government to take stringent action against those attacking doctors. A proposal of non-bailable imprisonment should be 10 years and a fine should also be imposed with a Central Protection Act but implementation with central protection act is important.”

Appreciating the move, the doctors’ associations in Telangana believe that implementation of this bill with central protection was more important. They also demand fast track courts be established to punish the culprits.

Dr K Mahesh, President- Health Care Reforms Association (HRDA) told Newsmeter, “Most of the assaults happen in the government health sector, so the solution is the proper provision of healthcare services like regular calendar year and recruitment of health care professionals including doctors, nursing staff and paramedical staff.”

“Then the regular supply of all emergency and intensive care medicines and also improving the latest infrastructure with regular maintenance. Coming to the draft bill, any kind of violence, assault should be considered as equivalent to grievous injury and should be punished for a minimum of 5 years but not 6 months,” he further added.

“Such assault incidents can harm patients in the long term when doctors start thinking to refuse critical cases. Common people should know that no doctor wants to harm his/her patient. If patient attendees feel medical negligence, they can approach state medical council & courts for justice but an assault on medical professionals is not the solution,” Dr Mahesh added.

Anusha Puppala

Anusha Puppala is currently working at NewsMeter. She had earlier worked as a reporter with ANI and The News Minute. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Reporter with the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, covering education beat. She had briefly associated with the national television channel Tiranga TV as a special correspondent. Anusha has extensively written stories on education, traffic, civic-issues, human-Interesting, off-Beat, consumer issues, health and environment. Hailing from Visakhapatnam, Anusha is a social media buff and a passionate foodie. If not reporting, you will always find her travelling.

4 comments on "New bill: 10 years jail for attacks on doctors and hospital staff"

  • The proposed act will definitely deter the public from resorting to violence against doctors and clinical establishments, only when it is given WIDE and SUSTAINED PUBLICITY to inculcate deep into their minds. One or two intial stern punishments to maximum extent, with wide publicity can only make an impact.

  • In fact the medical fraternity is already in a state of fear and apprehension,that , many of them have decided not to take any risk and have started washing off their hands,when faced with any emergency,stating that they are either not qualified or not equipped to treat that particular case. If this situation happens in a Govt institution, imagine the plight of the patient.

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