The Indian Medical Association's (IMA) Delhi North Zone unit has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) through advocate Manav Gupta highlighting the recent incidents of violence against doctors in hospitals and sought security for them. The plea said that despite the government's assurance of providing adequate security at state-run hospitals, several cases of assaults on doctors have been reported. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, has issued a notice to the city government and police on a petition seeking direction to ensure adequate safety of doctors in hospitals in the national capital.
The plea said, "Direct respondents (Delhi government and police) to provide adequate security to doctors, in the nature of five police officers in each small medicare institution/hospital and 10 police officers in each large medicare/hospital, in a time bound manner."
AdvertisementA division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked the Delhi government and Delhi Police to file status reports on the security issue of doctors, also stating whether any police complaints were registered over attacks on doctors. Further posting the matter for September 9, 2015, the bench said, "Issue notice to Delhi government and police. Status report to be fled by them indicating the steps taken."