Amid the 24-hour nationwide strike by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on June 16, the Resident Doctors’ Association of AIIMS, Delhi has called the demand for a Central law for the protection of doctors across the country.
Addressing a news briefing on Monday, the members of the RDA of AIIMS, said that they want a Central law that ensures security and safety of the doctors at work. Hitting out at West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, further said that the stubbornness of one individual has led to a risk at so many lives.
"We want a Central law that gives the strictest punishment. In an act like this, the victim must get full compensation from the government. The victim students must be given security, along with immediate security in all medical colleges. It is highly sad that because of the stubbornness of one individual, the lives of so many are at risk," said the doctors addressing the press briefing.
The Resident Doctors’ Association of AIIMS went go on strike from 12 Monday noon till 6 am on Tuesday in order to extend support to the doctors strike against violence on their colleagues in West Bengal. In their statement, the Resident Doctors’ Association also made it clear that emergency services including Casualty, the ICU and Labour room will continue.
In a statement issued by the Indian Medical Association on Sunday, the medical body has also demanded a comprehensive Central Law dealing with violence on doctors, health staff in hospitals.
This development has come in the aftermath of Junior doctors in West Bengal who have been on strike since June 11 after two of their colleagues were reportedly attacked and seriously injured by relatives of a patient who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.
In a show of solidarity, medical practitioners across the country called for a nationwide strike.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea of protesting doctors on Tuesday as per schedule.