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Medical bandh on Wednesday

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) will observe a medical bandh in Kozhikode district tomorrow in protest against growing attacks on doctors and hospitals in this district.

Citing a recent incident, they said duty doctor of Asha Hospital, Vatakara in the district had been kidnapped by a group of people on allegation that one of his patients was paralyzed after administering an injection by him.
No action has been taken by the authorities under Hospital Protection Act 14/2012 due to political pressure despite lodging a complaint with the police and launching medical strike by the IMA in Vatakara, they said. 
The miscreants also took out a march to the hospital on May 1.
The medical bandh beginning from 0800 hrs will continue till 2000 hrs, they said.
However, emergency services would be exempted from the stir backed by KGMOA, KGMCTA and QPMPA, they said.
Besides, it would  also stage a dharna (sit-in protest) before District Collectorate from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs, they said, adding the agitation would be extended throughout the state if the culprits were not booked immediately.
Extending support to the stir, Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) said government doctors will join the protest by taking mass leave.
The KGMOA in a release said it would also boycott private practice tomorrow.

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