India’s largest doctor’s body, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) called a nationwide protest over recent incidents of violence against healthcare professionals. They have demanded a central law to curb such cases and declare hospitals as “protected zones” with additional security. Protests were held across the country on Friday.
In a statement, the IMA said as many as 3.5 lakh doctors, with proper Covid protocol, participated in the agitation.
“All across the country, in every state, in different hospitals, the doctors and healthcare professionals wore black badges, ribbons and black shirts, and raised slogans “Save the Saviours” and uploaded their photographs on social media,” the statement said. “Our medicare service to the patients remained unaffected,” clarified AK Ravikumar, honorary state secretary of IMA, while speaking to PTI.
Protests were seen outside the main gate of AIIMS in Delhi where a group of doctors belonging to both the IMA and FAIMA (Federation of All India Medical Association) stood with placards to raise their voice on the issue.
Medical professionals from other specialty organisations like ASI, API, FOGSI, among others, also joined the protest, while several corporate hospitals put up hoardings demanding safety of doctors.
“In Delhi, in 10 different places, including outside AIIMS, the protest was organised by the doctors, junior doctors and medical students,” the IMA stated.