Doctors Syndicate to follow-up on doctors’ assault
Doctors Syndicate - YOUM7/Maher Malak

CAIRO: The Doctors Syndicate announced it would hold an “urgent” assembly April 8 to follow updates on a January attack against Matariya Hospital doctors; Youm7 quoted Syndicate’s statement Wednesday.

During the meeting, the syndicate will present a proposal to toughen punishment for attacking medical installations and staff, according to the syndicate statement.

The meeting will be held at the syndicate’s headquarters in Cairo’s El-Kasr el-Ainy St. On the same day, there will be a normal assembly, during which the syndicate will discuss its budget.

In February, the syndicate held an urgent meeting to call for end to police impunity after only one out of nine police officers accused of assaulting doctors in January was arrested.

Among its demands, the syndicate called for the dismissal of Health Minister over his alleged inaction in protecting doctors on duty.

The syndicate has also put into effect a decision to provide medical services for free at many public hospitals.

In January, policemen in plainclothes allegedly went to the hospital to issue a fake medical report, but the doctors rejected, which caused an altercation and the policemen attacked the doctors.

The assault triggered anger among social media users who slammed police abuse; however the Interior Ministry describes such assault as “individual mistakes” and not “systematic violence” by police personnel.

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