The Federation of Resident Doctors Association-India has demanded deployment of a hospital protection force to protect doctors from violence in health facilities across India.
Different demands were raised in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, to discuss the need of a central protection act.
The resident doctors’ body also demanded fast track trials of cases pertaining to assaults on doctors and ensuring conviction of culprits. Their demands include improving basic infrastructure of hospitals and sensitization of general population about diseases.
The resident doctors have demanded filling up of vacant posts of doctors and auxillary staff and fixation of duty hours. They demanded constitution of quick response teams at hospital level across India to prevent assaults.
The doctors have said that legislation should be introduced to establish liability of attendant and patient in case of dropout from treatment and not seeking medical help in time.
The doctors have demanded a standard protocol to prevent any untoward incident with healthcare professionals in hospital premises and outside.
The doctors said that central and state governments should start drives to ensure that there is no existence of mixpathy. They have sought discouraging of regressive steps like bridge course for practioners of other pathies and lateral entry to MBBS for students from health and allied courses.
FORDA has constituted its own panel to deliberate on the matter. The FORDA panel includes Dr Sumedh Sandanshiv, Dr Ravinder Chouhan, Dr Asgar Ali, Dr Sumit Aggarwal, Dr Shivaji Barman, Dr Joyutpal Biswas, Dr Sunil Arora and Dir Udit Pawar.