Guwahati: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has appealed Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to implement strong laws and orders to prevent cases of assault on doctors and medical establishments in the state.
In a letter dated May 10, the IMA — which represents the modern medicine doctors of India — cited a recent incident, in which Dr PC Thakur, the medical officer of Dikom tea estate in Dibrugarh district, was attacked by some unidentified miscreants. Dr Thakur also happens to the vice-president of Tinsukia branch of the IMA. Despite informing the Dibrugarh SP about the incident, “no arrest has been made as per information received from IMA Tinsukia branch”, the letter noted.
Condemning the heinous act, the association expressed that assault on doctors by hooligans and miscreants is shameful and unjust.
“Such type of heinous act in the hospital premises affects medical services as well as demoralises the work culture of doctors and other medical staff,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the apex body also appealed the chief minister to put up posters near government and private hospital premises informing others about the existing act so as to protect physicians across the state.
The IMA has more than 3.5 lakh members spread over 1,765 local branches in 29 states and three Union territories.