Violence against Medical Personnel is Not Prohibited by A Separate Law Says, Center


Express News Service    08 February 2023

On Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha was informed that the central government has decided against passing separate laws to outlaw violence against medical personnel. The Healthcare Services Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill, 2019, was created and circulated for consultations, according to a written response from Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya.


In response to a question about the reasons for the withdrawal of the bill intended to protect medical professionals and institutions, he stated, "Thereafter, it was decided not to enact a separate legislation for prohibiting violence against doctors and other health care professionals." However, on September 28, 2020, the government passed the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Act, 2020, making any act ofviolence against medical professionals a cognizable and non-bailable offense.


According to Dr. Rohan Krishnan, National Chairman of the FAIMA Doctors Association, there have been numerous instances of violence against doctors and other healthcare workers inside government hospitals over the past few months, but the union health ministry has not taken their request for a separate law to ensure the safety and security of doctors and healthcare workers seriously.


He continued that the administration is not following through on its pledge to introduce a separate law to forbid violence against physicians and other healthcare professionals. He also added that the government has refused to speak with them verbally about this issue and has ruled out the possibility of passing a separate law in the future. He alleged that the government has failed doctors and other healthcare professionals physical and psychological safety and security.

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