Himachal Pradesh Government today introduced an amendment bill in the State Assembly to provide the safety and security to the doctors on duty in the hospital make as offensive non bailable. Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur presented Medicare amendment bill to amend section four of Himachal Pradesh Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act,2009.
The minister said that the bill has been made non-bailable and convict would be sentenced for three years of imprisonment under the bill as provided, but the section to ensure the misuse of legislation by the complaint bill likely to come for discussion tomorrow. He said that section 4 of the Himachal Pradesh Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act,2009 (Act No. 5 of 2010) provides that any offense committed under this Act should be cognizable and bailable.
The Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has demanded that the offense under the Act should be cognizable and non-bailable in view of the increased incidences of violence against Medical Officers on duty and also damages to the Government property. The demand of the Association has been considered and it has been decided to make the offense under the said Act cognizable and non-bailable punishable with imprisonment upto three years and at the same time also to provide safe-guards so that the provisions of the Act are not misused. This has necessitated amendments in the Act.
Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association (HMOA) was pressing on this legislation for lst three years. HMOA resorted to strike and mass leave to press this demand however they agreed to resume their services as state assured to make the any attacks or assault on doctor a cognizable offense. Doctors in the State were seeking fool proof security and safety to medical officers and no political influence, interference and threatening during their duties.