BHUBANESWAR: Worried over the growing number of attacks on doctors in the State, the Health and Family Welfare Department on Saturday requested the Home Department to ensure safety and security of the physicians.
In a letter to Home Secretary CJ Venugopal, Secretary in Health Department Arti Ahuja has urged him to direct every police station to provide security to doctors living in fear following a series of gruesome attacks on them by miscreants.
“The Home Department needs to issue directions to all police stations in the State to take immediate action when cases of attack on doctors are reported,” Ahuja said in the letter referring to instances of doctors being killed in the name of negligence of treatment.
She has also urged the Home Secretary to issue instructions to the police to lodge FIR as per provisions of the Orissa
Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2008, which is meant to prevent violence causing injury or danger to life of medicare service personnel and damage to property of healthcare institutions.
Two doctors, one working in a private hospital here and another in Sonepur district have recently been killed allegedly by relatives of patients for alleged negligence in treatment.