HiDoc Dr and the Institute of Medicine & Law team up to promote Dr Archana Sharma MedLegal HelpDesk

New Delhi [India], June 27 (ANI/PNN): The suicide of a gynecologist, Dr. Archana Sharma, in Rajasthan earlier this year shook the conscience not only of the medical fraternity, but of the entire nation. Charged with a case of murder (instead of medical negligence) and unaware of her legal rights, Dr. Sharma took this extreme step after an FIR was filed against her to avoid harassment from police and others .

The incident, as usual, created an uproar for some time, especially among the medical fraternity, but no strong action was taken to prevent it from happening again. Most doctors across the country are unaware of the relevant laws, especially the unique protection offered by the Supreme Court in criminal cases.

The Institute of Medicine and Law (IML) launched the Dr Archana Sharma MedLegal HelpDesk service on May 8, 2022, in collaboration with a few national medical societies, to address this important issue. The Helpdesk aims to provide legal assistance and advice to healthcare professionals threatened with criminal prosecution by the police. It will also inform doctors of their legal rights in such cases. IML will also train volunteers (doctors) under the “Train-The-Trainer” program who could, in turn, conduct more training sessions and awareness programs with their peers. The institute offers all these services free of charge as a tribute to the honest and hardworking medical fraternity of this country. IML also urged other medical companies, pharmaceutical companies, media and organizations, especially from the health sector, to come forward and be part of this initiative.

HiDoc Dr, the country’s leading physician networking platform, has partnered with IML for this worthy cause. “We welcome and support the great initiative of the MedLegal Helpdesk. Unfortunately, many doctors are unaware of the laws and the legal protection to which they are entitled. had provided specific protection to doctors in criminal proceedings, whether initiated at the police station or in court,” says Varun Gadia, COO, HiDoc Dr. “The medical fraternity has always been at the forefront to serve and care people. . Yet they are also the ones who have to face the unforgiving side. We strive to improve this community and we will support any initiative that protects the rights of our doctors, ”he adds.

Dr. Archana Sharma MedLegal HelpDesk aims to solve this problem in three ways:

1. Legal aid and service

Supreme Court attorneys provide advice and consultation to physicians facing criminal charges. They can also talk to the police if necessary. The legal team would contact the aggrieved physician immediately to ensure minimal harassment.

Lawyers would also help aggrieved doctors file a “contempt motion” in the Supreme Court in cases where police action is contrary to or inconsistent with instructions given in the Jacob Mathews case.

2. Webinars for Medical Societies/Hospitals/Medical Colleges/

Physician groups

To raise awareness and educate physicians on the relevant law, IML will hold webinars at medical societies, hospitals, medical schools, or other physician groups.

3. Doctors-Volunteers (Training of trainers)

The IML will train volunteer doctors who, in turn, will educate their peers through training sessions. IML would provide content, judgments, slides, frequently asked questions and other reference materials on this topic. Every effort will be made to keep trainers informed of changes in the law, judgments and relevant information.

As a valued partner, Hidoc Dr will provide all of the above services on its platform to its extensive network of healthcare professionals. The company plans to start with the webinars and would also appoint a contact person with a dedicated number who can be called by any aggrieved doctor threatened with police action. HiDoc Dr would also organize training sessions for healthcare professionals as part of the train-the-trainer program.

One can avail any of these services by sending a mail to [email protected] or calling the toll free number – 1800-202-5091

For more details visit (https://legalhelpdesk.hidoc.co)

We at HiDoc Dr are proud to be associated with Dr Archana Sharma MedLegal HelpDesk and support our community now and always.

This story is provided by PNN. ANI shall in no way be responsible for the content of this article. (ANI/PNN)

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