IHMA presses for strict laws to protect doctors on duty

The Indian Homeopathic Medical Association (IHMA), expressing solidarity with the doctors fraternity in India has condemned the attack on doctors in Kolkata that took place on June 10.

A press note signed by the national president of the association, Dr. T K Harindranathan and secretary general Dr. B Anantharaman urgded the state and central governments to enact or emend stringent laws to curb violence against the medical fraternity in the country.

The protests after a patient's relatives assaulted the doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata on Sunday night snowballed into a nation-wide movement leading to face-off between doctors in Kolkata and chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Bannerjee.

The doctors then demanded the CM's unconditional apology and set six conditions for the West Bengal government to withdraw their stir that disrupted healthcare services across the state.

Among other things, they were pressing for more stringent laws to protect them from such assaults.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had launched a nationwide protest to express solidarity with the doctors and called for a strike on June 17 with withdrawal of non-essential health services.

However, the week-long strike by the junior doctors was called off on Monday following a meeting between Mamata Banerjee and representatives of the agitating medicos.

In the meeting, which was held at the state secretariat, a doctors' delegation had apprised Banerjee of the problems they have been facing at medical colleges and hospitals and said they fear for their safety.

Banerjee had said she accepted the demands of the doctors and is said to have asked the police to appoint nodal ofcers for security of doctors at all government hospitals in the state.

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