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IMA plans security cover for doctors

Jamshedpur, Jan. 15: The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Jamshedpur chapter, does not want to take any more chances.

Following a spate of attacks on the steel city doctors, the association has decided to appoint a security agency to tackle the situation. Though the IMA clarified that it was satisfied with security measures initiated by the district police, most doctors are of the opinion that safety cannot be compromised.

The association's city unit chief A.C. Akhauri said: "Appointing a security agency for providing safety to the doctors is the need of the hour. We have already discussed the matter and modalities will be thrashed out at a meeting on January 17."

According to him, armed and unarmed security guards will be provided to the doctors on the basis of their demand. "We want to appoint a private security agency with a proven track record. The doctors can approach us if they want guards for which they have to make a payment. The IMA will arrange for the same through the agency," Akhauri told The Telegraph.

"The kind of security they want will depend entirely on the doctors. Unarmed bodyguards will also be available. Security cover (on demand) will be available to over 1,100 practising doctors in Jamshedpur, including 750 who are members of the IMA. We are very apprehensive about the security situation here and don't want to take things lightly any longer," Akhauri said.

The IMA president said they would soon inform the police about their decision to appoint a security agency. He, however, expressed satisfaction with the measures taken by the police so far.

"Police are doing everything to ensure safety to the doctors. They have chalked out a list of dos and don'ts for us.

"The list of guidelines includes informing the police stations concerned while going to attend an emergency case. Police have also asked us to immediately inform their control room when an emergency situation arises. But doctors in the city feel exposed," Akhauri added.

. So it is extremely important to make security arrangements on our own. source

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