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COVID blues: Doctors, hospitals brace for more assaults and lengthy litigation

The overworked, stressed out and fragile Indian health care system has new problems on its plate as the pandemic throws up fresh and substantive challenges hitherto not witnessed.

June 27, 2021 / 11:09 AM IST

Indian medics are facing a pincer attack from those afflicted by the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic.

The first is by enraged relatives of deceased claimed by the coronavirus and two, through a series of litigations claiming 'negligence' on the part of doctors for deaths that have occurred in hospitals.

In the last two years, doctors, medical staff, attendants and virtually anyone resembling a hospital employee at any given point of time, have run certain inbuilt professional risks – most notably the probability of an assault in case of the death of a patient in their charge.

Instead of appreciating the logic of nature taking its course or a medical complexity that knows no cure, the blame is apportioned on the hapless medic.