Thursday, July 11, 2019

Inter-Ministerial Committee to examine a Central legislation against assault on Doctors

Issue also being raised in the Lok Sabha by 10 MPs

Dr KK Aggarwal

Earlier this month, on 5th July, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare constituted an inter-ministerial committee to examine the pros and cons of bringing out a Central Legislation against assault on doctors on duty and clinical establishments.

The committee comprises of the following:

Joint secretary (MS division), MoHFW

Dr Anil Mankatala, DDG (P), Dte.GHS

Representative, Ministry of Home Affairs

Representative, Department of Legal Affairs

Representative, MCI, MoHFW

Medical Superintendent, AIIMS, New Delhi

Medical Superintendent, Dr RML Hospital

President/Secretary, Indian Medical Association

Principal Secretary (Health) in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu

Representative, FORDA


Mr DD Maheshwari, Deputy Secretary to the Government of India called for the first meeting of the inter-ministerial committee to be held at Nirman Bhawan on 10th July, vide a notice No. Z.28013/22/2019-MS.

The Lok Sabha also admitted Unstarred Question No. 3253 for 12.07.2019 regarding "Assaults on Doctors" raised by 10 MPs: Shri Prasun Banerjee; Shri Khagen Murmu; Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab; Shri Vinod Kumar Sonkar; Shri Syed Imtiaz Jaleel; Shri Rahul Ramesh Shewale; Dr. Sukanta Majumdar; Shri BB Patil; Shri Asaduddin Owaisi; Shri Raja Amareshwara Naik.

Will the Minister of Health and Family Welfare be pleased to state:

a)            whether assaults on doctors and hospital staff have been reported in various Government hospitals across the country including recent incidents in West Bengal;
b)            if so, the details of such cases reported during the last three years, hospital and State/UT-wise;
c)             whether  Indian Medical Association (TMA) has directed all its States the members to stage protests against such attack on doctors across the country which led to the shutdown of OPD, Emergency services which resulted into death of patients, if so, the details thereof;
d)            whether the Government has implemented the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted in the  Ministry to review various issues including issue of assault on doctors, if so, the derails thereof;
e)            whether there is urgent need for a specific legislation to protect doctors/health professionals; and
f)             if so, the preventive steps taken/ being taken by the Government in this regard

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
President Elect Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania   (CMAAO)
Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Past National President IMA

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