Assault Of Doctors And Other Hospital Staff By Attendants Of Patients Has Become  Regular Feature

The Jabalpur Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court expressed strong reservations against the increasing practice of beating,manhandling,assault and attacking doctors and other staff in hospitals by the attendants of the patients.

The Court was adjudicating upon a Public Interest Litigation (PIL)
The petitioner who is a surgeon by profession had been brutally beaten up in the course of his duty by the kin of an accident victim for his failure to save the victim’s life.

Section 3 of the 2008 Adhiniyam inter alia provides that “any act of assault, criminal force, intimidation and threat to medical and health service person during or incidental to discharge of his lawful duties pertinent to medical and health care delivery within medical and service institutions or in a Mobile clinic or in ambulance shall be prohibited.

The Court referred to the legislation _M.P.Chikitsa Evam Chikitsa Seva Se Sambandh Vyaktiyon Ki Suraksha Adhiniyam, 2008 (2008 Adhiniyam)_ which penalises any form of assault or intimidation meted out against medical professionals during the discharge of their duties.

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