IMA demands Central law against violence on doctors, hospitals
To observe candle light vigil on Apr 22; Black Day on Apr 23
Dimapur, April 20: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded a special Central law against violence on doctors, nurses, health care workers and hospitals by an ordinance.
In a white alert issued to all State presidents & secretaries, all local branch president & secretaries, all national office bearers, past national presidents & pat HSGs and all CWC members, the IMA said, “Several violent incidents later, we are where we started our journey. The Covid-19 has only made us acutely aware of our helplessness against mindless abuse and violence. Stigma and social boycott are everywhere. Harassment by administration is nothing but violence by the State. Our patience and restrain are signs of strength. Our legitimate needs for safe workplaces have to be met. Abuse and violence should stop immediately.”
As a sign of protest and vigil, the IMA requested all doctors and hospitals to light a candle on April 22 at 9 pm.
The IMA said if the Government fails to enact Central law on violence against doctors and hospitals after the white alert, the IMA will declare ‘Black Day’ on April 23, with all doctors in the country working with black badges.
Further decision will be taken if suitable steps are not taken by the Government even after the Black Day, it said. (Page News Service)