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NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association on Tuesday wrote a letter to Union home minister Amit Shah and urged him to ensure strong and effective action against healthcare violence.
In the letter signed by IMA chief Dr J A Jayalal, the doctors’ body said that incidents of healthcare violence have increased over the years and have become widespread.
“While the entire medical fraternity stands with you and is working tirelessly during the pandemic, it is also facing a serious threat from healthcare violence,” it said.

The IMA mentioned the recent incident in Assam where a doctor was assaulted by the relatives of a Covid patient.
It said that doctors and healthcare staff are finding it difficult to work under the stress of violence.
“The real size of the problem is largely unknown and recent information shows that the current knowledge is only the tip of the iceberg,” it said.
The IMA pitched for a comprehensive, uniform, and effective law against the healthcare violence.
“We request you to kindly approve an effective and strong act against the healthcare violence. Medical profession being different from the rest of the professions, it becomes necessary to have a strong act against violence specifically for the healthcare professionals and workers,” it said.



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