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Assam doctor assault: IMA delegation meets CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, puts forward nine suggestions

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Saturday, June 05, 2021, 06:04 PM IST

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The alleged assault on a doctor at a medical facility in Hojai district of Assam has drawn a lot of criticism nationwide. In a bid to avoid such incidents, a delegation of Indian Medical Association of Assam state today met Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and discussed the issue of incidents of violence against doctors in healthcare establishments.

Expressing gratitude for CM's prompt, timely action and firm assurance for a speedy delivery of justice in the recent incidence of assault on a young doctor in a covid facility in Udali in Hojai district, the delegation of IMA -Assam laid down nine suggestions before the state government in view of such incidents.

Here is a look at the suggestions

1. Immediate arrangement of armed security in all Government Hospitals Health Care Facilities including all Covid Care Centres.

2. 24 24 Hours suninterrupted power supply should be ensured in all Hospitals/ HCF.

3. CCTV should be installed and should be in functional 24x7 in all Hospitals/ HCF.

4. Code Grey should be introduced in a Hospitals/ HCF with regular Mock Drills and to be activated by high pitch Sirens.

5. A Healthcare Establishments Security Force may be erected under the Chief Minister's 1 lakh job scheme.

6. The Assam Medicare Service Persons & Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence & Damage to Property) Act 2011 should be amended to include more stringent provisions like: (a) Imprisonment up to 10 years (b) Fine up to Rs. 5 lakh (c) Trial on fast track basis, conviction within 6 months.

7. Number of Patient Attendants should be "Strictly controlled in all hospitals.

8. All sensitive areas in the state, with history of violence in health establishments on doctors

government servants should be identified and no young/ freshly passed out doctor should posted i be in those areas alone (without a Senior Doctor giving cover all the time) under the Rural Posting obligation.

9. All private Hospitals Health Care Facilities should also be asked to tighten the security measures in similar ways

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission has asked the Assam government and state police chief to inquire into the alleged assault on a doctor at a medical facility in Hojai, and take "needful, preventive and punitive action" in the case on Friday. The NHRC, after taking cognisance of the case, took action on Thursday, an official said.

"Let a copy of the complaint be transmitted to the chief secretary, government of Assam and the director general of police, Assam to have the allegations inquired, take the needful, preventive and punitive action in the matter, and submit an action taken report to the commission within a period of four weeks," according to the NHRC proceedings.

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Published on: Saturday, June 05, 2021, 06:04 PM IST