July 21, 2008

Ordinance provides protection to medical professionals in TN

Any uncalled for attack on a doctor or a medical institution in the State will henceforth attract imprisonment of three to 10 years, according to an ordinance promulgated recently.

The ordinance, providing protection to medical professionals, is on the lines of a law enacted in Andhra Pradesh. Governor Surjit Singh Barnala gave his consent on Friday, Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam said here on Sunday.

The ordinance, a long-pending demand of doctors both in the private and the public sector, provides protection to all registered doctors, nurses, students of medicine and nursing and paramedical workers.

The Chief Minister considered the request at length and, after discussion, the ordinance was drafted.

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