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Ranchi, Aug. 22: After the state health department agreed to four out of six demands of striking nurses, it has now proposed a law preventing violence against doctors to placate junior doctors on strike.

Health secretary D.K.Tiwari today told The Telegraph that he had forwarded a file to the law department through the governor's adviser R.R. Prasad to press for an ordinance similar to the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (prevention of violence and damage or loss to property) Ordinance, 2009.

This development occurred after striking nurses returned on duty after getting four demands fulfilled, including a pay hike according to Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, as well as creation of nursing posts, promotions and payment of allowances in accordance to Centre-run hospitals. Unmet demands included regularised services for contractual nurses and the establishment of a nursing directorate, but the state held out hope for both, said state unit president of Trained Nurses Association of India, Kishori Rani.

Tiwary said that the state would have an ordinance to protect medicare service persons from attack on hospital premises after the law department clears the file. The Maharashtra ordinance includes registered medical practitioners and nurses, medical and nursing students, paramedical workers and doctors under the umbrella of 'medicare service persons'.

The ordinance also directs imprisonment up to three years and fine up to Rs 50,000 in case of violence against doctors on hospital premises and directs the offender to pay twice the amount of damage as compensation. source:telegraphindia.com

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