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Tripura Doctors keep OPDs shutdown in all Govt Hospitals today, asked Doctors to close private chambers
TIWN June 17, 2019
Tripura Doctors keep OPDs shutdown in all Govt Hospitals today, asked Doctors to close private chambers
PHOTO : GB hospital OPD.

AGARTALA, June 17 (TIWN): Violating Supreme Court’s guideline which says Doctors can not deny duty and always “bound to duty” when they are appointed in Govt hospitals, Indian Doctors’ strike is going on and now started affecting Tripura too. Even though all the culprits who attacked Junior doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhyay and Yash Tekwani at the NRS medical college brutally are in jail but Indian doctors are taking revenge on other patients who have no link with the incident sacrificing humanity and funeral give funeral to the “Hippocratic oath”. However, the situation in Tripura is far better than many other states and doctors here have till date shown the existence of humanity, neither the Govt in Tripura has politicized the issue which has kept the stability of the Health Dept. The strike at OPD is reportedly just for one day but there will be no halt in the emergency service and also private chambers will be closed for the day.On the other side, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday asked the government to pass a law to make attacks on doctors a non-bailable offence with minumum 12-year jail term.

On the other side, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday asked the government to pass a law to make attacks on doctors a non-bailable offence with minumum 12-year jail term.

In a tweet, Harsh Vardhan said, "Heinous repeated attacks on doctors across India especially West Bengal have led to this situation. The government must pass a law to make any attack on doctors a non-bailable offence with minimum 12-year jail. Draconian Clinical Establishment Act that treats doctors as criminals must be withdrawn."

As doctors across the country violate the Hippocratic oath of treating patients to the best of one’s ability, the Supreme Court incidentally in the Paschim Banga Khet Mazdoor Samity vs State of West Bengal & Anr on 6 May, 1996, case had held that in a welfare state the primary duty of the government was to secure people’s welfare.

“Providing adequate medical facilities for the people is an essential part of the obligations undertaken by the Government in a welfare state. The Government discharges this obligation by running hospitals and health centres which provide medical care to the person seeking to avail those facilities.

“Article 21 imposes an obligation on the State to safeguard the right to life of every person. Preservation of human life is thus of paramount importance. The Government hospitals run by the State and the medical officers employed therein are duty bound to extend medical assistance for preserving human life. Failure on the part of a Government hospital to provide timely medical treatment to a person in need of such treatment results in violation of his right to life guaranteed under Article 21,” the apex court had said in its 1996 judgment.

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