The Indian Medical Association, Coimbatore and Pollachi branches, have urged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to declare private and government hospitals as protected zones and implement the Tamil Nadu Hospital Protection Act 2008 effectively. In a memorandum, IMA Coimbatore Branch President A.K. Ravikumar said that three doctors were murdered in the State in recent months.

Expressing concern over the pace of investigation, he said that these cases must be fast-tracked and the perpetrators of the crime swiftly punished to deter anti-social elements. The Tamil Nadu Medicare Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of violence and damage or Loss to property) Act 2008 has penal provisions ranging between three and ten years of imprisonment besides fine. However, the police was reluctant to invoke this Act’s sessions, he alleged. Mr. Ravikumar requested the State Government to direct the police to step up patrolling of hospital zones and swiftly prosecute those indulging in violence against medical practitioners.