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Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci. 2017 Apr-Jun;7(2):79-83. doi: 10.4103/IJCIIS.IJCIIS_28_17.

The 2017 Academic College of Emergency Experts and Academy of Family Physicians of India position statement on preventing violence against health-care workers and vandalization of health-care facilities in India.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. RPGMC Kangra at Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, India.
2
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA.
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Academy of Family Physicians of India, New Delhi, India.
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Department of Community Medicine, Dr. RPGMC Kangra at Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, India.
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Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
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Department of Emergency Medicine, Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala, India.
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Department of Emergency Medicine, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
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Vice Chancellor, Pandit BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India.
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Pediatrics, A.J Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
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Department of Medicine, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, India.
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Private Practice, Family Physician, Bangaluru, Karnataka, India.
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Department of Family Medicine, MIMS Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India.
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Department of Family Medicine, West Bengal, India.
14
Sarvodaya Hospital, Bokaro, Jharkhand, India.

Abstract

There have been multiple incidents where doctors have been assaulted by patient relatives and hospital facilities have been vandalized. This has led to mass agitations by Physicians across India. Violence and vandalism against health-care workers (HCWs) is one of the biggest public health and patient care challenge in India. The sheer intensity of emotional hijack and the stress levels in both practicing HCWs and patient relative's needs immediate and detail attention. The suffering of HCWs who are hurt, the damage to hospital facilities and the reactionary agitation which affects patients who need care are all together doing everything to damage the delivery of health care and relationship between a doctor and a patient. This is detrimental to India where illnesses and Injuries continue to be the biggest challenge to its growth curve. The expert group set by The Academic College of Emergency Experts and The Academy of Family Physicians of India makes an effort to study this Public Health and Patient Care Challenge and provide recommendations to solve it.

KEYWORDS:

Doctors; healthcare professionals; violence

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