Stop Violence Against Healers

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Earlier this week, an important issue has been brought to the notice of the entire nation. The medical fraternity has raised voices against violence faced by them which has led to doctors and medical staff in Maharashtra, followed by other states, to go on strike in demand for stringent laws and security for their protection.

A national study conducted by Indian Medical Association estimated that over 75% of doctors across the country are reported to have faced at least some form of violence. The study identified that doctors face maximum violence when providing emergency services, with as many as 48.8% of such incidents reported from intensive care units (ICUs) or after a patient had undergone surgery.

In 2014, WHO received reports of violence and other similar issues with 372 such attacks in 32 countries, resulting in 603 deaths and 958 injuries. However, some of these countries, have stringent laws to control such acts.  

Currently, in India, some states do have rules in place for the protection and safety of doctors and health workers, but the absence of stringent laws makes efficient implementation difficult. While it is a non-bailable offence to assault a uniformed public servant like a bus driver or a policeman, there is no distinct penalty for hitting an on-duty physician in a white coat.

For a nation built on the principles of non-violence, violence against any human in any form and setting is condemnable. Doctors and medical staff are the harbingers of healing and recuperation. Violence against them is even more reprehensible. #StopViolenceAgainstHealers

Sign this petition and support the need for stringent measures to prevent violence against doctors, administrators, nurses paramedics, and staff.

References:

  1. http://www.news18.com/news/india/maharashtra-doctors-strike-all-you-need-to-know-1363633.html
  2. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Over-75-of-doctors-have-faced-violence-at-work-study-finds/articleshow/47143806.cms
  3. http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-who-takes-up-issue-of-attack-on-doctors-2115127
  4. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-24/tough-new-laws-for-assaults-on-qld-nurses-and-doctors/5838402
  5. http://indianexpress.com/article/india/govt-may-introduce-law-to-make-violence-against-medical-professionals-a-non-bailable-offence-4456586/


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