Mumbai: Assault on doctors is now a
cognisable and non-bailable offence in Maharashtra with the
`Maharashtra Medical Services Persons and Medical Institutions
(Prevention of Violence & Damages or Loss of Property)
Ordinance 2010` coming into force in the state.
The ordinance includes a provision to award three
years imprisonment for assault on doctors. The offence will be
cognisable and non-bailable, an official release said here
The ordinance also mentions a liability clause,
holding the hospital and medical practitioner responsible if a
case of negligence is proved against them, it said.
Private medical practitioners in the state have been
protesting against growing incidents of assaults on their
fraternity members and the government`s "failure" in enacting
a law for their protection.
The doctors, led by prominent eye surgeon and JJ
Hospital dean Dr T P Lahane, have been pressing for such an
ordinance, which has already been implemented by certain