A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar warned authorities of contempt action if they did not ensure safety of doctors.
Taking note of media reports about two resident doctors being allegedly assaulted on Tuesday by a patient’s relatives at Lok Nayak Hospital, which is governed by Maulana Azad Medical College, the Bench stated: “Violence cannot be tolerated or permitted against doctors. Despite direction of this court to give protection to doctors, the matter has not received attention of authorities”.
The Bench said that entry at hospitals should be regulated, even during peak time.
The HC refrained from initiating any contempt proceedings against the Centre and Delhi government after their respective counsels requested that an opportunity be given to the authorities to develop a strong mechanism for protecting doctors and staff of all hospitals in the Capital.
"We make it clear that if such steps are not taken, this court would be compelled to initiate contempt proceedings against the concerned,"
Last year, the Bench had initiated proceedings against the Centre and the Delhi government after perusing a report on the rise in violent attacks against doctors.
"We see no reasons as to why the authorities were unable to control such violence against the doctors," it said, adding that the entry at hospitals should be regulated, even during the busy hours.
The court had also expressed unhappiness over the Centre’s report on the number of doctors in its hospitals here, saying it was “hopelessly insufficient”.
Hopefully other state’s high courts follow the same suit and give clear safety directions to the respective governments.
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