IMA withdraws protest plan
Centre promises action to prevent attacks on healthcare professionals
- The Indian Medical Association (IMA) withdrew a protest planned against the attacks on doctors and healthcare professionals after the Union government promised that all necessary steps, including relevant legislation, would be introduced for their safety and dignity.
- States to take strict action against those who obstruct last rites of a medical professional and provide security for the final rites.
- The Union Home Ministry asked the States to appoint nodal officers to redress any safety issue faced by medical professionals round the clock.
- Any single incident of violence against healthcare professionals is likely to create a sense of insecurity among the entire healthcare community.
- The IMA should be apprised of the measures taken to create a sense of security and confidence among the health fraternity.
- The States were asked to invoke Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which provides for strict penalties against such obstructions.
- There have been several instances of medical teams coming under attack as they went about collecting samples of suspected COVID-19 patients in many parts of the country.
Amit Shah’s assurance
- The way our doctors are performing their duties in these testing times is exceptional. Safety and dignity of our doctors at their work place is non-negotiable.
- It is our collective responsibility to ensure a conducive atmosphere for them at all times.
- The IMA responded by considering the immediate high-level response of government and solid assurance given by the Home Minister himself, it has decided that the white alert protest of April 22 and Black Day [protest] of May 23 stands withdrawn to maintain the unity and integrity of the country.