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Dhanbad, Oct. 8: Increasing number of criminal cases against doctors in the district has prompted the local unit of Indian Medical Association to seek judicial intervention.

This apart, the association will also seek support for implementation of a law that will ban lodging of criminal case against doctors without prior approval of a specialised committee. Seven states, including Bengal, have already implemented the law. Andhra Pradesh was the first to implement the law.

President of Dhanbad chapter of IMA A.K. Singh said that a delegation comprising senior office-bearers of the association would soon meet the district judge demanding constitution of the specialised doctors' committee in the light of Supreme Court ruling.

"The ruling clearly prohibits lodging of a criminal case against doctors without the prior approval of the specialised doctors' committee. They can only be booked under the Consumer Protection Act," said Singh. He added that the administration must initiate steps to prevent these.

Speaking about the association's action plan, IMA secretary Sunil Kumar Sinha said that a delegation would also meet Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and demand implementation of the law.

He said that in many cases the family members of the patients resort to violence alleging negligence against the doctors only to avoid paying the bill of the nursing home.Source:The Telegraph India

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