SC seeks Centre’s reply on petition for doctors’ safety

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The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Centre in a petition seeking measures for the protection of medical professionals in the country. The petition was filed by Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) that sought a Central law to protect doctors against attacks and violence in hospitals, medical facilities, and clinics.

It may be mentioned here that the development came close on the heels of brutal killing of Dr Deben Dutta at Teok Tea Estate in Jorhat on August 31.

The SC bench consisting of Justices NV Ramana and Ajay Rastogi issued notice on the petition and asked the Centre to respond. The AHPI in its petition stated that the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had drafted a model law, which proposed a 10-year jail term and a fine of Rs 5 lakh for acts of violence committed against doctors and healthcare professionals.

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