Govt non-serious about bringing ordinance criminalizing assault on doctors: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association of Kashmir on Thursday castigated government for its failure to bring an ordinance making manhandling of health personnel a cognizable offence.
In a statement, DAK said that a meeting of its members was held condemning the assault on health personnel of sub district hospital, Chattergam by relatives of a patienton Wednesday night.
President of a faction of DAK, Dr G M Mir strongly criticised the authorities for not being “sincere enough” to address this grave issue.
“We sense that the government is waiting for any fatal casualty of any medico or health personnel to bring the much needed ordinance which will make manhandling of doctors and damage to hospital infrastructure a cognizable offence,” Mir said.
The association said that on Wednesday night a married female patient was admitted with a suspected case of poisoning at SDH Chattergam.
“In between the feud of two families (in-laws and home side of the patient), our doctors and paramedics including females were abused and assaulted for no fault of theirs even when the patient was treated nicely and as per the protocol,” the DAK president said.
He said that the attendants warned the staff for serious repercussions also.
“Owing to the dispute, police also reached the spot. To our utter surprise the six cops acted as mute spectators even when they were requested by health staff of the hospital to intervene and protect them,” Mir said.
“These episodes of doctor thrashing and abusive behavior have become a routine and there seems to be no end to them and it is very difficult for doctors to work in such a hostile atmosphere,” he said.
The association alleged that the government has failed to ensure safety of doctors and revamp the “flawed health care system which is responsible for aggression against doctors and other health personnel.”
“DAK has been raising its voice against these unlawful activities but the government is not keen in resolving this issue by introducing an ordinance,”