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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 3457-3460

Violent-acts against doctors and healthcare professionals in India: Call for action

1 President, Academy of Family Physicians of India; Chief Editor, Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, India
2 Chairperson, Primary Care and Public Health Policy Forum, Academy of Family Physicians of India, India

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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_896_19

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Doctors in India are facing violent-acts against them, and there is an increasing trend in recent years, leading to a Public Health Riot-like scenario in India. There are reports of a doctor being murdered, thrashed, beaten, injured, handicapped, harassed, threatened, and socially maligned with news of demeaning messages spreading such as wild-fire through social media and news channels. More alarming is that common people are justifying the acts of killing, beating, and provoking others to do more such acts, thereby triggering a vicious cycle. Most of them get away without any legal proceedings being instituted against them. A recent incidence of grievous injury to the junior doctor at NRS Medical College, Kolkata, drew National and International attention. More recently, a retired senior doctor volunteering part-time at a tea estate of Assam was killed by a mob. The authors call for action and earliest resolution of this issue with active involvement of all stakeholders.

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