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Doctors call for safety bill

Ranchi : Concerned over increasing incidents of attacks on them, state doctors have demanded an ordinance that would prohibit violence against them.

They have cited the example of Andhra Pradesh where such an ordinance is in place.

The doctors have submitted a memorandum, containing details of the Andhra Pradesh ordinance, to health secretary Pradip Kumar on January 2 in the presence of doctors and teachers of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), representatives of the junior doctors' association and members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

Similar provisions for security of medicos have been made in other states too, including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Delhi.

"The Andhra Pradesh ordinance and similar provisions in other states have been successful in curbing violence against medicos in hospitals and nursing homes. Our state needs such an ordinance as violence against medical professionals are on the rise. The recent assault on the junior doctors of RIMS and the protest in Dhanbad against a woman doctor are cases in point," said Ajay Kumar Singh, in-charge of IMA, eastern region.

Section 3 of the Andhra Pradesh ordinance prohibits "any act of violence against medicare service persons or damage to property in a medicare service institution".

Section 4 says if "any offender, who commits any act in contravention of Section 3, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of three years and with fine, which may extend to Rs 50,000."

According to Section 5, "any offence committed under section 3 shall be cognisable and non-bailable". Section 6 (i) provides for compensation of damages while Section 6 (ii) says "if the offender has not paid the penal amount, the said amount shall be recovered under the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Recovery Act, 1864." Source:telegraphindia

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