Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 18
Indian Medical Association, Chandigarh, today observed black day to protest the violence against doctors.
Dr V Kappal, president, IMA, Chandigarh, said: “We have written to the Prime Minister, urging him to enact a law against violence faced by the doctors.” Doctors across the country today staged a symbolic protest against the violence faced by them.
“The doctors in Chandigarh are protesting symbolically with black badges and through public awareness during this pandemic time, as we do not want any disruption in health services,” he said.
“The private sector is providing 75 per cent of services to the citizens across the country, but they are subjected to violence in a vast majority of cases,” Dr Kappal pointed out.
Dr Nitin Mathur, secretary, IMA, Chandigarh, said a non-bailable act should be enacted to discourage the miscreants.
“There are enough laws to deal with alleged negligence, violence is not a solution,” said Dr Mathur.
Dr RS Bedi, former national vice-president of the body, said the incidence of violence against doctors in India was the “highest in the world”.
He urged people to go for family insurance to avoid sudden out-of-pocket expenses. “Studies have shown that this sudden expenditure is the main cause of anger and frustration leading to violence,” said Dr Bedi.
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