Pune: There has been an alarming increase in the violence against doctors in this country. It is a daunting reality that quite a lot of doctors here are subjected to abuses-verbal and physical, during or after providing treatment.
This is why the Pune branch of the IndianMedical Association (IMA) has started a first of its kind initiative in India, of denying treatment to anyone who troubles a doctor without any logical reason and has a history of verbal or physical abuse of doctors and health care workers.
The Medical Council of India rules 2.1.1 (Rules of ethics, 2002 and as amended in 2016) gives doctors a legitimate right of refusing a patient or say, choosing a patient.
But in case of emergency life saving and limb saving situations and also natural calamities, no doctor can deny treatment to the patients irrespective of their history towards doctors. “This is in accordance with the MCI Act that states that the doctor has to provide the emergency treatment mandatory and then refer the patient if needed to the required tertiary care,” Dr. Shivkumar Utture, President of Maharashtra Medical Council said.
A list has been prepared by the doctors which contain names of all the patients who have earlier created nuisance and abused doctors and medical fraternity. The names of family members, address of the incident, type of violence, etc about each patient on the list will also be recorded in the registry.
“Any patient or his family who might have been involved in troubling/abusing a doctor illogically to maybe dishonor legitimate fees, create nuisance of any sort, indulge in violence of any sort like verbal, physical, destructive, pollution, coming in an alcoholic state or under some intoxicated state, etc would be refused treatment by our doctors,” Chairman. Medico-legal cell, IMA Pune said.
Navrange, Vice- Chairman, medico-legal cell, IMA HQ, Delhi also agreed to say that such people are not just a threat to doctors, staff, or medical establishment, but are also dangerous to other patients and peaceful atmosphere necessary to treat a patient in a clinic or hospital premises.
This step will soon be reiterated by The Nationalist Congress Party doctor’s cell, General Practitioner Association, and other doctors association.
“Just like patients have the right to choose their doctors, the doctors deserve a right to choose their patients in particular circumstances as well,” Dr. Shivkumar Utture, President of Maharashtra Medical Council stated.