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Petition to Indian Medical Association, Delhi Medical Association, Press Council of India, Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police, National Human Rights Commission, National Medical commission, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Health Government of India

Save Doctors : They too are Human

When children in India dream of becoming a doctor and saving lives, little do they know about the cruelty and hatred that is waiting to fill their life with misery and regret. With increasing mob violence and harassment of doctors, both physical as well as mental (via social media), the day is not far when doctors will avoid tending to even slightly complicated cases, out of fear for their lives. The essence of the profession, that is, to try and take care of the patient no matter how grave the disease, will be lost. And many lives, that doctors now try saving by taking risks with difficult cases, will also be lost. Sometimes, doctors are treating patients in highly stressful condition, fighting not just death, but also time. And despite their best efforts, sometimes the results are not what they strived for. Because medicine is not a science of black and white, it has tons of ifs and buts, and exceptions and complications; events that may have never happened before, and events that have no explanation so far. Yet, doctors take care of patients in spite of all of that. Isn’t it truly admirable! In their lifetime, doctors spend years not only learning the science of Medicine but, more importantly, the art of patient care. After all, this profession deals with human lives, and doctors take an oath to always remember that in every action they take. Sadly, the same doctors are assaulted, and harassed, and defamed without proper knowledge and understanding. False criminal cases are filed against the doctors with the purpose of blackmailing and extorting large sums of money from them.And as if that is not enough, a quickly rising trend of "social media trials" against doctors has also begun, wherein, false news is posted online to gain public sympathy. The masses are misled, while the doctors are unable to defend themselves as they are bound by laws and rules, that they dutifully abide by. This is a violation of human rights of doctors as well. It is a question mark on the doctors' integrity and morals, and is equivalent to public defamation and instigating hatred among the masses. It is clear that such acts are performed not for justice, but for mere contempt and molestation. While there is no denying the fact that due process of law may take place in such cases, the attempts to defame, assault, extort, intimidate and blackmail need to be discouraged and made punishable. The investigating officer and courts should take note of such attempts by the complainants. Through this petition, it is attempted to highlight the apathy towards the medical practitioners. The medical profession can only bloom, and benefit all lives when it is practiced in an environment free of fear for such unnecessary humiliation and defamation. It is a sincere plea to all concerned authorities to take action against such malpractices, and initiate efforts to safeguard the medical fraternity of such ill deeds. If a fake social media post can reach thousands of views and shares, I request that this petition, an earnest cry for help, for a profession in perils, also be read, signed and shared to the masses. Your views are valuable, and the support we get here is a reflection of how much the country cares about its caregivers. After all, doctors are humans too; they are humans who have dedicated their lives to the well being of fellow humans. We request you to help safeguard doctors by signing this petition and please share this petition among your friends so no doctor has to face such undeserved harassment in future. By signing this petition you'll not only save doctors but also save the general public.

Save Doctors
1,099 supporters
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Petition to Dr Harsh Vardhan

#StandAgainstSuicide : Launch a national helpline number for suicide prevention.

It was around 8:45 pm when the bell rang. I was in my room. I could vaguely hear my dad as he rushed out of the house. Confused, I called him. After a few seconds, he picked up and I realized that he was sobbing. I’d never seen my dad cry. And then, he said something that will haunt me forever – “Raghav is gone.” My little brother was only 18. He was my best friend and my idol. He was the kind of person who wanted to help everyone but never asked for anything in return.  On 6th January, 2019 – we lost him to suicide. My story is not unique, this is the story of a million families who lose a brother, a sister, a father, a mother or a friend to this silent prey. According to WHO, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults. Data released recently by the online journal Lancet Public Health, as part of its Global Burden of Disease Study (1990 to 2016), revealed, for the first time, the quantum of the problem India is facing: In 2016, it had the highest number of suicide deaths and it's only increasing every year. Another disturbing truth that I came across while doing my research was that most of the suicide helpline numbers do not work. I dialed around 15 numbers but most of the calls went unanswered, some numbers were switched off. Only three responded. It is now my goal to create a safe space for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts and invoke a sense of will within the government to address mental health issues. Sign my petition asking the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to launch a national helpline number for suicide prevention and also address this issue at a national level so that one knows that help is just a call away. We cannot remove stigma without all the forces working together recognizing that mental illness is an illness that needs treatment.  Join me and take a #StandAgainstSuicide to save a life because #MentalHealthMatters ;

Raashi Thakran
208,141 supporters
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Petition to Shri Narendra Modi, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Satyanarayan Mohanty, Dr Harsh Vardhan

People assaulting doctors should be punished like Terrorists

"We are fighting the government for a better healthcare environment for the public of this country." 52 year old doctor brutally and mercilessly assaulted,almost lost vision. The patient was his neighbour whom he took to hospital in his own car.  When the patient became serious, this is what they did to him - abducted him, threatned his wife to hand over cheque book, made him sign cheques worth 50 lakhs, beat him and threw him on the road. On 30 Aug 2019 in Assam - After a patient death, locals got angry and brutally assaulted the doctor. The doctor died while being taken to the hospital. This happened at Teok Tea Estate in Jorhat, Assam. Patients and relatives and attendants killed the doctor. The doctor who was retired yet serving them. "RIP Dr Deban Dutta" Its time all of us unite against the system which doesn't care for its doctors and common people’s health. "We are fighting the government for a better healthcare environment for the public of this country." What are our demands? 1) Better healthcare infrastructure for the people of this country. 2) Safe working environment where doctors can give their full attention to the patient without fearing assault. 3) Availability of all necessary medicinesat all times - at times we cannot save a patient due to lack of medicines, and the public outrage is directed at doctors. 4) Doctor should be able to give more time to the patients - this is possible only if number of doctors is increased with respect to the number of patients Government should do this. 5) More ventilators in all hospitals - sometimes the patient dies due to unavailability of ventilators. And the public blames doctors. Not knowing that its the govenrment’s fault. 6) The public of this country has right to be treated by doctors who are well rested and with fresh mind - but this is not possible if there are less doctors and they are made to work 48 to 96 hr at a stretch without sleep and sometimes without food. Duty hours of doctors should be fixed at 8 hrs per day and 48 hr per week.  7) Patient should be given adequate time in the OPDs - Maximum Number of patients that can be seen by a doctor in OPD in one day should be fixed. If a doctor at govt hospital treats 200 patients in 8 hours without single break, even then he cannot give more than 2-3 minute per patient.  8) Doctors should spend their time in treating patients rather than collect samples, transport papers from one part of hospital to other. There should be adequate ward boys for that. This way doctors could give more time to patients. 9) Restricting number of relatives who come to meet patients - Every relative who enters, brings with him germs. Number of complications increase due to this.  10) Punish all who assault doctors - with every assault, morale of doctors decreases. We want motivated and empathetic doctors to treat the patients of this country. Assaulters must be punished.  11) Public has the right to be treated by real doctors - It is the duty of the government to clamp down on quacks. When the quacks will decrease, number of cases who reach a hospital late in critical condition will decrease. 12) Rampant sale of antibiotics at pharmacies should stop -  It is the duty of govt to ensure that antibiotics are not sold without prescriptions. When antibiotics are not misused, antibiotic resistance will not increase, infections can be treated and deaths due to sepsis decrease.  13) Increase Healthcare Spending 14) Justice for attack on doctors at NRSMCH 15) Central Law to protect doctors Thus, if there will be better healthcare, assaults will automatically come down. Hence the doctors are fighting the administration and government to provide better healthcare to people of this country. Help Doctors in this Mission #DoctorsForBetterHealthcare #SupportDoctors "Doctors can guarantee best treatment, but doctors cannot guarantee 100% results." India is struggling to meet the goals of reducing infant mortality and maternal mortality. There is gross lack of Emergency and Intensive Care facilities in smaller towns and cities alike. All critical patients are referred to tertiary government hospitals where the standard of care obviously diminishes if patients flow in numbers many times more than handling capacity of doctors there. Even tertiary private institutes are overburdened. Government medical colleges in smaller towns refer the patient indiscriminately. This is increasing the cost of healthcare immensely. There is a need that indiscriminate referring be stopped. There is a need that the cases that can be handled at medical colleges in smaller towns be managed there. There is a need that smaller government or private hospitals and nursing homes become well equipped to deal with critical situations.  But neither the doctors nor the hospitals are responsible for this current situation. The reason for this is that doctors are afraid to treat critical patients, nursing homes don't want to create facilities for intensive care and no one wants to admit critical patients.  Reason is simple. In spite of best efforts of doctors, nurses, nursing homes, hospitals and medical colleges; a patient may die. After all, doctors are Doctors and not God. But, in an event of death of a patient, no one will save the doctor. In the event of death of a critical patient, nursing homes are vandalized. In the event of death of patients, angry relatives beat duty doctors black and blue like they did to Dr Amle in Parel, Mumbai and Dr Rohan of GMC, Dhule. In the event of death of patients, even specialists like Dr Rohit Gupta of Allahabad are not spared. Incidents of assault on doctors are commonplace in West Bengal where the administration seems to have closed their eyes on assaults on doctors by their vote bank. We the brutality they did to a young doctor in DY Patil Hospital, Pune. In 2019, doctor fought for his life after brutal assault by a mob of 200 who were brought in 2 lorries on dealth of a 90 year old patient at NRS Medical college, Kolkata. This happened again at Hindurao Hospital. A doctor suffered laceration on scalp when patient relatives assaulted doctors in the casualty after death of a CKD patient. In July 2019, doctor was brutally assaulted after death of elderly patient with myocardial infarction at LNJP (MAMC) hospital by a mob, New Delhi. And then again it happened in Mumbai. 15 Relatives assault 3 doctors at Nair Hospital, Mumbai after death of 50 year old critically ill seropositive patient. No state is left where violence on doctors is not seen.  And not the people are getting bolder and targetting the family members of doctors too. Wife of doctor murdered in cold blood in Indore.  This fear has created a terror in the minds of doctors. It is becoming impossible for doctors to work under so much fear. People who attack doctors should be called "Terrorist-like" because they are creating a terror in the minds of doctor against good work. They are disrupting peace and harmony of the nation. It is increasing the economic burden on the Indian society, thus threatening economic security of the nation. Stringent laws should be made to save the doctor from these unruly elements doing terrorist-like-activities and punishment must be given as that given to a terrorist. “Doctors can guarantee best treatment, but doctors cannot guarantee 100% results." To become a doctor is not easy. Doctor has to sacrifice his sleep – the time he/she spends caring for patients he barely knows; to sacrifice his/her youth – the time spend with books; sacrifice his family – the time spend away from home for education. But a doctor lives like an ordinary citizen.He does not demand subsidized groceries. He pays his electricity bills and phone bills. He buys all services at market rates.   There is only one thing that a doctor demands. And that is my humble request to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi "SAVE THE DOCTOR… GIVE JUSTICE TO EVERY DOCTOR WHO HAS BEEN ASSAULTED.... AND THE DOCTOR WILL SAVE MANY MORE LIVES FOR THIS NATION"  Yours truly Dr. Sumit Periwal

Sumit Periwal
507,562 supporters