IMA Bengal chapter to observe 'Dawn to Dusk Fast' today
Kolkata: The Bengal chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) will observe "Dawn to Dusk Fast" on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi as a token movement to articulate its demand of the implementation of Central Hospital Protection Act and also the implementation of inter-ministerial committee recommendations.
The token "Dawn to Dusk Fast" by the doctors will be carried out between 6 am and 6 pm in the state as a part of the nation-wide movement. The IMA has decided to organise the movement on the day of Gandhi's birthday to spread a message that the doctors have picked up a non-violent movement to meet their demands. Through the peaceful protest, the IMA will call for a strong central legislation against violence against doctors and clinical establishment and also the amendment in the CEA and PCPNDT Act. It may be mentioned in the previous few cases, some junior doctors from some of the state-run hospitals in the city threatened for a cease of work while in some cases the junior doctors had clashed with the family members of the patients. Various doctors' organisations in the city started agitation to protest against the repeated incidents of the atrocities on doctors attached to both government and non-government institution. Mass agitation was carried out in the states. Some of the organisations also submitted memorandum to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking her intervention in this regard. Dr Santanu Sen, state secretary of IMA Bengal said IMA and Non-IMA doctors will take part in a central gathering in front of the state office at 4 pm. The doctors attached to the IMA will take part in the movement. According to a doctor belonging to the Medical Service Centre, the Act is being implemented without taking into consideration the ground realities.