Karnataka HC directs doctors protesting against controversial medical act to call off strike

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Karnataka HC directs doctors protesting against controversial medical act to call off strike

Karnataka High Court has directed protesting private doctors to call off their strike as they have a sense of duty towards the society.

A division bench of Karnataka High Court headed by acting chief justice on Friday directed all the protesting private doctors against the controversial Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act to return to work.

More than 40,000 doctors remained off across the state from November 13 to November 16, thus paralysing the private health care system in the state.

The High Court while hearing a PIL on the matter came down heavily on the doctors for protesting. Acting Chief Justice Ramesh said that doctors have a sense of duty towards the society.

"Doctors cannot protest on streets while patients are suffering. Even if we assume that the state government passes the law, doctors can always challenge it in the court. Doctors should be legally better advised," added Chief Justice Ramesh.

In the order, the court noted that Right to Life is a fundamental right and in turn, right to be treated remains vital.

The damage done to the patients cannot be altered as doctors are protesting.

The court noted that it will hear all the grievances of the doctors, but first they will have to call off the strike and report to work immediately.

S Basavraj, advocate representing The Bangalore Private Hospital Association said that the doctors will now have to call off the stirke. "If doctors don't call of the strike and report to work, it might lead to contempt of court," added Basavaraj.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaih held meeting with all stakeholders on Friday and reached a middle ground.

He tweeted, "I am happy my meeting with the representatives of Doctors was successful. We have succeeded in resolving all issues around KPME Bill."

The bill will now be tabled on by the health minister on Monday in the Assembly.