Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan introduced The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 this Saturday in the upper house to replace the bill issued by the Government in April this year.
Bills will provide security to healthcare workers
The bill is passed to protect the doctors and healthcare workers who are doing their duty in this time of the global pandemic. Many complaints were filed against the kin of the patient who attacked the healthcare workers present for duty. The Upper House passed this bill that provides security to healthcare workers and which provides jail for upto five years for those who attack doctors and healthcare workers doing their duty in this Covid-19 outbreak or any other situations.
The ordinance is an amendment to The Epidemic Disease Act,1987
The Epidemic Disease Act, 1987 will be amended according to the new ordinance the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2020. This bill is to protect healthcare service personnel and property including protection against violence on duty on-premises.
The bill ensures that there is zero tolerance to any kind of violence against any healthcare worker and damage to the property.
In this pandemic period, the doctors and healthcare workers are working 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help the people to recover however some people molest and harass them when something goes wrong with the patient. The cases of violence against the healthcare workers have risen very steeply during the COVID-19 period due to high increase of Covid-19 positive patients in hospitals and clinics.
Penalty upto Rs 2,00,000 and imprisonment for a term of three months to five years
Under the passed bills the penalty will be invoked and there will be zero tolerance in the matter of violence against healthcare workers. An officer of the rank of inspector will investigate the complaints within a period of 30 days, and there is limit of one year to complete the trial, unless the case is extended by the court for reasons to be recorded in writing as the Bill proposes.
The person responsible for the violence will be given imprisonment for a term of three months to five years, and with a fine of ₹50,000 to ₹2,00,000.