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Doctors mull stir against assault

Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to mount pressure on the state government for speedy enactment of a medical protection act, its move prompted by Sunday’s uncalled for assault of a doctor of a private hospital in Ranchi.

Dr J.K Mitra, president of the Ranchi chapter of IMA, convened an emergency meeting on Monday at IMA Bhavan, to condemn the attack on doctors. As many as 25 doctors of the state capital took part to discuss Sunday’s fracas in which Church Road resident Md Raza and his relatives beat up doctors of the private hospital.

They alleged that it was the hospital’s negligence that led to the death of a newborn even though doctors tried to explain to them that the baby, moved from another hospital, was admitted in a critical condition.

Dr Shailesh Kumar, who was at the receiving end of Md Raza’s ire, said the baby was critical and chances of his survival were dim.

Dr Mitra said after considering all aspects of the case the IMA decided to wait for 72 hours for the arrest of Md Raza and his associates failing which it would ask all city doctors to resort to a strike.

“Every doctor wants a patient to get well. We understand that the demise of near and dear one is definitely hard to accept. But, that does not mean that doctors should be manhandled. We condemn the incident case and demand immediate action against the family,” he told The Telegraph.

The IMA has also decided to give a fresh memorandum to chief minister Hemant Soren and health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh to table the Medical Protection Bill during the ongoing Assembly session. “The bill was to be tabled today but has been postponed for tomorrow. There’s nothing more to discuss. The bill should be tabled tomorrow,” said Dr A.K Singh, former IMA vice president.

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