Hubballi: Condemning strongly the assault on doctors by Member of Parliament Ananthakumar Hegde, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Hubballi Branch has expressed concern over the silence of police in cases of assault on doctors in the state.
Speaking to media here, Hubballi IMA President V B Nitali said though there had been many cases of assault across the state, the police were keeping mum and no action had been taken against culprits.
He recalled MP Ananthkumar Hegde had manhandled the doctors at TSS Hospital in Sirsi on January 2, and recently five junior doctors were assaulted at Hassan Institute of Medical Science by the relatives of a patient who was admitted to ICU. “Such behaviour from the elected representatives is unacceptable," he said.
“We will not protest or give call for a bandh causing inconvenience to the public and patients but our silence should not be considered as our weakness”, he warned and added that police were not doing their job properly as no action was being taken against the culprits in spite of having a law—the Karnataka Prohibition of Violence Against Medicare Service Personnel & Damage to Property in Medicare Service Institution Act 2009, he lamented.
Hubballi IMA past president S Mamtaganiker said if such a situation prevailed in the State, it would be difficult for the doctors to perform their duties.
On Ayush doctors
Dr Mamtaganiker said the state government's decision to allow AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) doctors to prescribe allopathic medicine was a contempt of Supreme Court’s order which forbade “crosspathy” treatment.