Govt considering Bill to protect medicos: Parsekar


 The Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday said that the state government is considering the clinical establishment bill and the prevention of violence bill presented by the Indian Medical Association.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Parsekar said that the government had received two bills – the clinical establishment bill and the prevention of violence bill which have been sent to various departments for vetting and other legal formalities adding that the bills are likely to be passed later this year. However he ruled out that the bills will be tabled during the budget session of the assembly.
Giving details of the bills, the outgoing IMA state president, Dr H P Pai said that IMA has sought amendments to the clinical establishment bill which is enforced throughout the country. He said that the bill was presented some two years back to the previous government but submitted again in a fresh format recently. On the prevention of violence bill, he said there is no regulation in the state to protect doctors and medical staff from assaults and damages to hospitals and clinics. He said that the act is enforced in 13 states in the country.
Mr Pai said that some provisions of the proposed bill include making any attack on doctors or paramedical staff a cognizable non-bailable offence with a maximum fine of ` 50,000 and upto three years jail. He said that the IMA is hopeful that the government will look into the matter at the earliest and the same will be tabled before the assembly. [NT]