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India Proposes Legislation To Address Violence Against Health Care Professionals

The Indian Health Ministry has proposed legislation to address the issue of violence against health care professionals and damage to property of clinical establishments, an official said on Wednesday.

The government has prepared draft legislation The Healthcare Service Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of violence and damage to property) Bill, 2019.

It is aimed at prohibiting and punishing acts of violence against doctors and offences under the bill, which will be cognisable and non-bailable.

The bill proposes imprisonment for up to 10 years and fine up to 1 million Indian rupees (14,286 U.S. dollars) as punishment for assaulting a doctor or health care personnel.

Several incidents of violence against doctors were reported in the past in the country. – Asia & Pacific