Existing legal provisions enough to address violence against doctors: Maha govt

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The Maharashtra authorities has instructed the Bombay High Court that the present legal provisions, together with the 2010 Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons Act, are enough to cope with rising incidents of violence against docs and medical workers. In an affidavit filed within the courtroom on Monday, the state authorities submitted that the above Act and provisions of the Indian Penal Code have been enforced in instances of family members or acquaintances of sufferers assaulting docs and hospital workers.

At least 302 instances of assault on healthcare professionals had been registered throughout the state between January 2017 and March 2021, the state submitted.

Of these, 231 instances alone have been registered in 2020, it was said.

The state was responding to a public curiosity litigation (PIL) filed by one Dr Rajeev Joshi searching for judicial intervention to curb violence against healthcare professionals.

As per the PIL, Maharashtra witnesses most variety of such cases of violence.

The petitioner additionally claimed in his plea that the state authorities had failed to implement present legal provisions, together with the 2010 Act, to curb such cases.

However, in its affidavit filed by means of Kishor Bhalerao, deputy secretary, state residence division, the state authorities submitted that it took immediate motion every time such instances have been reported.

It additionally stated that 1,088 safety guards of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation had been deployed in any respect authorities medical college-affiliated hospitals within the state.

Apart from this, over 500 common safety guards have been additionally deployed at such hospitals, the state stated within the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, the 2010 Act attracts imprisonment for 3 years and a high-quality of Rs 50,000 for folks convicted for assaults or assaults on medical workers, for damaging hospital property and many others.

The authorities, nevertheless, stated that whereas it believed the present legal provisions have been sufficient, it was open to forming a committee to look into the shortcomings of the present Act, if the courtroom so directed.

The High Court will hear the matter later this month.

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