IMA withdraws protest plan 

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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.  

States alerted  

  • 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Home Minister himself, it has decided that the white alert protest of April 22 and Black Day [protest] of May 23 stands withdrawn to maintain the unity and integrity of the country.  
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