July 03, 2009

Bill to prevent attacks on doctors in West Bengal

The West Bengal government wants to make attacks on doctors and medical staff a cognizable and non-bailable offence, attracting a maximum punishment of imprisonment for three years and a fine that may extend to Rs 50,000.

A Bill to this effect, called The West Bengal Medical Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill, 2009, was introduced in the Assembly by health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra on Tuesday and sent to the subjects committee for scrutiny.

The legislation was planned in response to the concern of the Indian Medical Association over incidents of violence against medical practitioners. The government wanted to stop violence against doctors, nurses, medical students, nursing students and paramedical staff and damage to property in medical institutions.

By "medicare institution" the Bill meant government, municipal as well as private hospitals, as well as maternity homes.

The Bill as drawn up also incorporated the provision for payment of compensation for damage or loss caused to property in case of violence in hospitals. IMA had requested for legal protection against such violence.

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