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Stop with 24 hour duty shifts for Doctors : High Court


Stop with 24 hour duty shifts for Doctors : High Court

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today questioned the need for doctors to be on duty for 24 hours or more and said that it should be changed.

Referring to the shortage of medical professionals, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar observed that in a country “blessed with human resource” the relatives of hospitalized patients need to lug around medicines and reports from one department to another in a hospital.

 “Why do we have 24 hour or 30 hour long shifts for doctors? It should be changed,” the court said.
 The bench made the observations during a brief hearing of a PIL initiated by it after perusing a news report on the rise in violent attacks on doctors by attendants or relatives of patients.

The court from time to time, through the plea, has been issuing directions for ensuring safety and security of doctors and other medical staff.

As part of its directions, the court had asked the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH), a body under the Quality Council of India (QCI), to assess the quality of health care and working conditions of medical professionals at three hospitals in the national capital.

The hospitals to be inspected were All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Safdarjung Hospital and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan.

Today, NABH informed the bench that it has inspected the hospitals and sought time to submit its report.

Granting time to the organisation the court listed the matter for further hearing on May 14.

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Source: PTI
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    Dr.Geetha Navuduri May 3, 2018, 12:41 am

    A very good initiative for doctor\’s.in world no where doctor\’s work for for continuous 24hrs except in India.even doctor\’s r human beings like others who need some rest both physically n mentally for better performance

  2. Great initiation… should be organized. It\’s high time to redefine 👍👍

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    Manish Agrawal April 29, 2018, 4:48 pm

    Well a good move in proper direction.

  4. In USA, even during residency there is no 24-hour duty shifts. Indian doctors are over hard working, its high-time to redefine the duty hours of the doctors.

  5. The best way to learn is under pressure. In USA we did 36 hours calls

  6. Come back to India if u want to learn moore

  7. There is air conditioning .. Free coffee.. Best instrument . People dont mob you there.. So its easy.. U get paid in dollars.. Here salary is 25k.. Billions of people.. Mob… No equipment.. U should save all the people.. And yhey dont pay for the services

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    Ramesh Chandra Gupta April 28, 2018, 10:48 am

    The directions given by the court should be brought to the notice of the prime minister also so that the next time he speaks about Indian doctors in London or elsewhere, he mentions to this aspect as well.