IMA to provide medico-legal support to doctors

Dr Vinesh Shah, a medico-legal expert, has been appointed as the chairman of the RAF committee set up by the IMA-Surat

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SURAT: With an aim to protect doctors and healthcare workers from attacks and abuses, the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Surat chapter has formed rapid action force (RAF) involving medico-legal experts.

Dr Vinesh Shah, a medico-legal expert, has been appointed as the chairman of the RAF committee set up by the IMA-Surat on Saturday.

IMA-office bearers stated that the doctors and healthcare staff had come under attack several times in the initial months of lockdown.

Talking with TOI, Dr Shah, said, “This is first time that the IMA has formed such a force to protect the doctors. We will provide legal support to the doctors who become target of violence by patients’ kin. There will be separate team of advocates to deal with such cases.”

Immediate past president of IMA Surat, Dr Parul Vadgama told TOI, “Morale of the medical and allied healthcare workers is vital to fight the pandemic and such assaults demoralize the community.”


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