Stringent law exists, but cops push for compromise

The government passed the Karnataka Prohibition of Violence Against Medicare Service Personnel Act in 2009. However, doctors say it is hardly ever implemented.

“There is pressure on doctors and hospitals not to lodge complaints in such cases. Police try to broker a compromise because they are outnumbered by the mob,” a doctor said.

Hospitals display notices to inform people about the Act, and the agencies to contact in case of grievances, but this does little to deter attackers.

“If the police take strict action and immediately arrest the offender, people will have fear,” said Dr Bellary of the Indian Medical Association.
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The Indian Medical Association is pushing for a similar Central law to protect those involved in providing medical care. The Act passed in 2009 protects doctors, nurses, trainees and other hospital staff from assaults.
 

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