Doctors working with the government hospitals of Jharkhand have called for a three-day strike effective from September 28 to September 30, 2016. In terms of demand, doctors have asked for the implementation of Medical Protection Act in all the state hospitals.
Further to that, if till October 15, 2016 government is unable to take any action then they will start submitting their mass resignations.
This decision has been taken jointly in a meeting held between the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Jharkhand Health Services Association (JHASA).
Doctors from private hospitals will also participate on the last day of the strike. “All private hospitals, personal clinics, nursing homes, pathology and other services will remain closed on September 30,” stated Dr Pradeep Kumar Singh, secretary, IMA.
The demand of the implementation of the act is pending in Jharkhand from very long time. As stated by the doctors, the act has already been implemented in 18 states and serves a larger purpose for the protection of patients as well as doctors.
The Medical Protection Act aims to protect hospitals and its belongings (including staff) from being attacked by outsiders. As per the act, the culprit is required to pay a sum of Rs. 50,000 along with a three-year jail term for term for damaging hospital property and harassing/assaulting doctors.