Assam: IMA demands to deploy Armed forces in hospitals 

24 people have been arrested in connection with the thrashing of a doctor in Assam’s Hojai district.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Assam on Wednesday demanded the armed forces to be deployed across all healthcare providing establishments along with strict rules to prevent further incidents of violence against medical workers.

The call to both Central and State government comes after a doctor, Dr Seuj Kumar Senapati, posted at the COVID-19 facility Udali Covid Care Centre in Hojai district was attacked by a mob on June 1 following a Covid-19 patient’s death.

IMA Assam president Dr Satyajit Borah said, “All those people must be booked under stringent laws. They should be booked under Epidemic Act and also the Assam Medicare Service Act should be invoked. We demand a fast-track trial and a verdict should be delivered within three months.”

“The government should come out with a permanent solution. We demand that government should put up armed forces in all the healthcare establishments, including the COVID care centres,” he added.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged the Centre to implement a comprehensive, uniform and effective law against healthcare violence.

In a letter to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the IMA said, “The incidents of healthcare violence have increased over the years and have become widespread and the dreaded entity poses to be a threat to the medical practice.”

“India needs a comprehensive, uniform, and effective law against the healthcare violence. We request you to kindly approve an effective and strong action against the healthcare violence,” the IMA wrote in its letter to Shah.

24 people have been arrested in connection with the thrashing of a doctor in Assam’s Hojai district, informed Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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