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Despite HC order, Act to curb violence not in force

Doctors, lawyers rue lack of awareness about legislation

Mumbai: Despite a Bombay High Court order passed three years ago, the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage of Property) Act, 2010, has still not been implemented.

The lack of implementation of the legislation is the bone of contention for striking doctors.

Advocate Yasmin Tavaria, who had appeared for the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) in the High Court in 2014, said, “The police are not even aware of this Act. In 2014, the then Chief Justice of the High Court had passed an order that workshops should be held to increase the awareness and copies of the Act should be given to the police so that they are educated about the provisions to take appropriate action. This has still not been implemented and attacks on doctors continue to take place.”

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also backed the “mass leave” by demanding that the Act be implemented. Dr. Parthiv Sanghvi of the IMA said, “We are not on mass leave, we are on an indefinite strike. We want security measures for resident doctors at the hospitals. We are seeking the implementation of the Violence Against Doctors Act. We don’t want any verbal assurances from the State. We have been getting that for one year. We want ground reality to change; 50 doctors have been beaten up in the last year and seven doctors in one week, including a woman doctor yesterday. What is the government waiting for? Some doctor to die on duty?”

Dr. A.S. Adhao, former national president of IMA, said private hospitals have their own arrangements, and so face no complaints of doctors being beaten up.

“The State has only been giving assurances from time to time. Why doesn’t the State deploy Reserve Police Force personnel till the time it can permanently deploy security personnel?” he asked.

Senior counsel Aspi Chenoy said policemen in the state are only focused on providing security to ministers. “The government has repeatedly put doctors through such violence without providing them any protection. They can’t be beaten up like this each time a patient dies. You have to look at circumstances where personal security is in question. How many people would continue to be lawyers if clients went and killed them? If they did not go on strike, the government would do nothing about it,” he said.

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