Medical practitioners under the banner of Indian Medical Associations (IMA) Goa unit held a two hour long token hunger strike outside Raj Bhavan’s main gate to highlight the violence against doctors and punishment to prevent the violence should be strictly implemented.
The hunger strike began at 8 am on Tuesday and ended with the doctors presenting the Governor Mridula Sinha with a memorandum which has listed all the demands of the IMA as part of it’s nation wide protest.
“Time has come for the Prime Minister of India to intervene to resolve the issues faced by the medical professionals,” IMA Goa President Medha Salkar has said in the memorandum to the Governor. It has been mentioned that all the 1,500 doctors associated with the association have supported the demand.
Some of the demands in the memorandum are:
- Violence against medical professionals on duty should be tackled by strict implementation of laws protecting them.
- Criminal prosecution for minor medical negligence and clerical errors should be stopped.
- Compensation paid under the Consumer Protection Act paid by the doctors should be capped.
“There should be professional autonomy for the doctors in treatment and giving the prescription to the patients,” she Salkar was quoted by PTI.
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