Doctors in India held a solidarity day on Tuesday (September 3rd), with the Assam state branch of the Indian Medical Association withdrawing routine medical services, after one of their colleagues was violently killed.
According to the World Medical Association, the 73-year-old doctor was allegedly absent from duty when a tea planter was brought into hospital in a critical condition. “The worker subsequently died and according to reports this led to an outbreak of violence, during which the doctor was violently attacked and died,” the WMA said.
WMA President Dr Leonid Eidelman said the case was yet another horrific example of the increasing trend of violence against health professionals in India and across the world. In a letter to India’s Prime Minister Modi, Dr Eidelman said: “Health professionals are threatened and attacked, sometimes even when they provide life-saving emergency care. They can be the deliberate targets of violence and used as scapegoats, such as in the case of Dr Dutta.”
Dr Eidelman said the latest incident required a robust response from the Indian government to address the root causes of violence. The WMA has supported calls from the Indian Medical Association for an emergency meeting to discuss the issue of violence against health professionals.