Indian doctors’ leaders demand national law to reduce violence in hospitalsBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4303 (Published 19 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4303
- Dinsa Sachan
- New Delhi
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a nationwide law criminalising violence against doctors and imposing a minimum of seven years in prison, after an attack in West Bengal left two doctors requiring surgery.
The attack on 10 June, by relatives of a 75 year old man who had died at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, targeted junior doctors, one of whom needed a craniotomy for a fractured skull.
The incident led to widespread protests and a national boycott of all but emergency services by the country’s 800 000 doctors on 17 June.1 …