HP to make law against assault on doctors

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Una, Nov 9 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today announced that the State Government would make an appropriate law to deal with instances of medical doctors being manhandled and their private infrastructure being damaged by relatives of patients.

Speaking on the occasion of the third Annual Conference of the State Chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA), the Chief Minister said cases of public ire against doctors was on the rise and a law needed to be made to protect them.

"If a patient suffers because of the negligence of the doctor, then the doctor would have to face the legal consequences, but if the patient dies despite the best efforts of the doctor, the government will ensure that the doctor gets due protection for his life and property," the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister said that Medical Advisory Council would be formed to advise the government on bettering the health services and the State of health infrastructure in the State.

He asked Health Minister Rajiv Bindal to ensure that the process of formation of the Council was expedited.

On the occasion the Chief Minister also honoured some eminent doctors of Himachal Pradesh, who were providing super specialty services at the PGI Chandigarh or other hospitals in the neighbouring states.

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