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Not against Protection To Doctors, but need to look at larger Picture: SC defers hearing on Doctor Security Issue


Not against Protection To Doctors, but need to look at larger Picture: SC defers hearing on Doctor Security Issue

“We understand it is a serious issue but we can’t provide security to doctors at the cost of other citizens. We have to take a holistic view. We have to look at the larger picture. We are not against protection to doctors,” the bench said.

New Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) The Supreme Court Tuesday deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals, saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter.

A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said it will not issue notice (to the Centre) but is keeping the larger issue of protection of doctors open.

“We agreed to hear the plea today as there was a strike by doctors and medical fraternity in West Bengal and other states. The strike has been called off and there appears no urgency to hear the petition. List (the matter) before an appropriate bench,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association also filed an impleadment application seeking the court’s intervention into the plea already filed, saying protection needs to be provided to doctors across the country.

The bench said it needs to take a holistic view in providing security to doctors.

“We understand it is a serious issue but we can’t provide security to doctors at the cost of other citizens. We have to take a holistic view. We have to look at the larger picture. We are not against protection to doctors,” the bench said.

Doctors in Bengal had been on strike since two of their colleagues were assaulted allegedly by relatives of a patient after he died last week. They called off their protest Monday night after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a meeting assured them of steps by her government to scale up security at state-run hospitals in the state.

The breakthrough came on a day health services especially Outpatient Departments (OPDs) were crippled across the country as doctors held protests and boycotted work to show solidarity with their colleagues in Bengal.

The plea in the top court was filed on Friday and had sought directions to Union ministries of home affairs and health and West Bengal to depute government-appointed security personnel at all state-run hospitals to ensure safety and security of doctors.

It had also sought directions to Bengal government to take the strictest legal and penal action against those who assaulted the two junior doctors at a hospital in Kolkata.

The plea had cited an IMA data to say that more than 75 percent doctors across the country have faced some form of violence.

It said the study concluded that 50 percent violent incidents have taken place in the Intensive Care Unit of hospitals and in 70 percent cases, relatives of patients were actively involved.

“The doctors are our saviours and particularly the doctor working in government hospitals are doing great national service, particularly to the poor and downtrodden of this country, in extremely adverse circumstances,” it had said.


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  1. it is my sincere belief that doctors should be beaten in the harshest manner possible. i am a mbbs student myself and i daily see how these so called geniuses conduct themselves in an arrogant manner with their \’I AM SUPER INTELLIGENT ATTITUDE\’. they look down upon poor illiterate farmers and think of them as inferiors. Truth is they just study books written by europeans with zero self innovation regurgitating what the german and englanders have discovered and behave as if they themselves have generated that knowlege. what a bunch of self righteous rats.

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    ravikumar bhaskaran menon June 19, 2019, 8:51 pm

    The need of the hour is to have a obdusman in every district with a retired judge,social worker and a doctor so that there is speedy disposal of complaints. Please note that HURRIED JUSTICE CAN BURY JUSTICE. Doctor in the panel can ask specialist in the concerned field from outside the state to give expert opinion. If the specialist tries to hoodwink the court,he should be tried under I.P.C. 201 and 120 B. 9349312325 Whattsapp.

  3. \”Doctors are bad . Period . How can they dream of protection when Judges , Politicians , Goons , Officers , Juvenile rapists Juvenile murderers , do not have adequate protection !

  4. very poor decision by a top court, how can they say since strike called off no need for immediate action, so they wanted the strike to continue. if that is the case why is security given for supreme court judges and why should police be there in the court. only reason is the wrongdoers on getting the verdict , will thrash the judges. same way doctors treating patient and by bad luck patient dies , the doctor can get thrashed by violent people. the scenario is same . if the supreme court judge can get security , then the doctors, for same and actually deserving more than judges, should get security.

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    Dr ramakrishna June 19, 2019, 2:20 pm

    What v can expect from Supreme Court
    V have make alternate arrangement and protect ourself
    Easy way is avoid emergencies where death is inevitable better avoid and send them to different hospital with dignity
    Or quit profession find alternate profession