IMA to hold country-wide protest on June 18 in demand for central law to protect doctors against violence

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, June 17, 2021, 06:09 PM IST
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In the wake of several assault cases happening against the doctors in India, Indian Medical Association on Thursday announced that it will be conducting a nationwide protest tomorrow in demand for a central law to protect doctors against violence.

Dr. J.A. Jayalal, National President of Indian Medical Association (IMA), said that 3.5 lakh doctors will take part in the protest in demand for a central law.

The doctors of Indian Medical Association will hold a protest with the slogan of 'save the saviors'.

In a statement, the apex medical body has asked all its state and local branches across the country to observe the protest by wearing black badges, masks, ribbons, shirts and running awareness campaign against violence targeting healthcare professionals.

The IMA said press conferences will also be organised and they will also meet local NGOs and voluntary service leaders.

It termed "extremely disturbing" a series of violence against doctors in the last two weeks in Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and other places. It demanded the implementation of central hospital and Health Care Professionals Protection Act with IPC and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), standardisation and augmentation of security in each hospital, and declaring hospitals as protected zones among others.

"Action Committee of IMA, after considering all the aspects and to express our concern, anger and solidarity, has decided to observe the 18th June 2021 as IMA National Protest Day with demand to stop assault on the profession and the professionals with the slogan 'Save the Saviors'," the medical body said.

On June 15, the doctors' body had observed as a National Demand Day and press meets were held across the country by branches.

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