Attack On Medical Personnel Is Unacceptable: Kerala HC Directs State Govt To Suggest Ways To Stop Attacks Against Doctors
The Kerala High Court has asked the State Government to come out with firm suggestions to stop attacks against the Doctors.
The Court observed that whatever be the provocation or reason, an attack on a medical personnel is unacceptable and non-negotiable.
The bench of Justice Devan Ramachandran and Justice Kauser Edappagath noted thus “We make it clear that, whatever be the provocation or reason that anyone may impel or project, an attack on a medical personnel is unacceptable and that this is non-negotiable.”
Therefore the Court directed the State Government, to tell the modus to ensure such attacks never take place.
“The Government, therefore, has to now tell us the modus to ensure such attacks never take place, because what we are concerned about is not the action after such an attack, but the prevention itself.”, the Court said.
The Court also noted that unless the Civil society is properly sensitized, as also the doctors, the unfortunate strife at least in a very few cases, will continue.
“Our endeavor is to end this and we, therefore, call upon the Government to come out with firm suggestions including, legislative, if they have any in mind.”, the Court said.
This comes after the Court had noted police reports on attacks against doctors in the State.
Senior Advocate Syam Divan appeared for the petitioner whereas Senior Government Pleader S.Kannan appeared for the State.
“We do not propose to say in detail today; but, suffice it to record that we cannot approve of the attacks on doctors and medical personnel, whatever be the reason. We are indicating this because, we get the feeling that there is an attempt – perhaps unintended – to justify the attacks in one form or the other.”, the Court held.
The Court also said that it is concerned not about the action after such an attack, but the prevention itself.
The Court has listed the matter to March 30 for further hearing.
Cause Title- Kerala Private Hospitals Association v. Adv.Sabu P. Joseph & Ors.