IMA condemns violence against doctors and nurses

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 7 January 2020

“If doctors and nurses are not safe in the capital of the country it speaks volumes about the lack of governance. Time has come for the medical fraternity to devise its own arrangements for self-defence. How does it reflect on the nation, if it cannot protect its doctors and nurses reaching out to the injured? Is this a civil war? What is the message that goes out to the world?” — Dr Rajan Sharma, National President of IMA

PUNE: Doctors from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have condemned the violence against doctors and nurses who rushed to treat the injured at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. 

The IMA demanded that the Union Health Ministry condemn the event and ensure the safety and security of the doctors and nurses who reached out to the injured and wounded.

An official letter by IMA stated that the situation in the country smacks of total anarchy and breakdown of law and order is complete.

“If doctors and nurses are not safe in the capital of the country it speaks volumes about the lack of governance. Time has come for the medical fraternity to devise its own arrangements for self-defence. How does it reflect on the nation, if it cannot protect its doctors and nurses reaching out to the injured? Is this a civil war? What is the message that goes out to the world?” questioned Dr Rajan Sharma, National President of IMA in an official statement.

The Indian Medical Association pointed out the conscious decision of the Home Ministry to block the central law against violence on doctors and hospitals.

“We wish the concern of the Home Ministry were bonafide given the nature of violence that has happened in the capital inside the most prestigious JNU. IMA reiterates its stand that doctors and nurses have the right of way to treat the injured and everyone has the right to life and access to care,” said the letter.

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