BENGALURU: While Karnataka doctors are rejoicing the government’s assurance for making the demanded changes in the KPME act, an advocate from Bangaluru, S Nataraj Sharma has gone ahead filed a complaint against the IMA Karnataka President Dr H N Ravindra as well as the association branch Secretary Dr B Veeranna, with the Karnataka Medical Council on the strike issue.
In his complaint, the lawyer claimed that both the Dr Ravindra and Dr Veeranna instigated the whole doctor’s community to join the protest against the KPME Act amendments leading to disruption of medical services in the state which led to 51 deaths in the state.
The doctors were up in arms against the amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act, 2007, which among others propose six months to three years jail term and hefty penalty for medical negligence on the part of doctors. The four main demands put forward by the community included
- No grievances redressal committees
- No penalty on erring doctors or their imprisonment for the death of a patient due to medical negligence
- Ceiling on cost of treatment should be applicable to only government health schemes which are being run private hospitals
- Inclusion of government doctors under the KPME Act
The decision to call off the strike was taken at a meeting between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and representatives of doctors.