The protest march would start from Rajghat and end at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. Photograph: (ANI)
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday held a protest march in Delhi against the ‘atrocities faced by the medical fraternity’ including increasing cases of violence against doctors.
"We are observing 'satyagraha' today where our basic thing is atrocities faced by the medical profession. We need free mind and protection to treat the patient. We want autonomy of medical profession and education," IMA president KK Aggarwal told ANI.
The association organised 'Dilli Chalo' Movement which saw the participation of 10 thousand doctors from various parts of the country.
However, the protest did not affect services in government hospitals in the capital.
Private hospitals such as Indraprastha Apollo hospital shut down their out-patient department (OPD) till 2 pm, according to media reports.
The protest march started from Rajghat.
The association will also launch a signature campaign on social media urging all doctors to collect thousands of signatures to be sent to the Narendra Modi government.
The protest aims to address various demands of the medical fraternity including a stringent central act against violence, capping of compensation, single-window accountability with no criminal charges on doctors without intent to harm a patient and single-window registration of doctors and medical establishments.