Doctors’ Syndicate calls on parliament to criminalize attacks on hospitals
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CAIRO: Doctors’ Syndicate has addressed the parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal demanding the issuance of legislation to criminalize attacks on medical facilities, the syndicate said in a Saturday statement.
The syndicate further called on the parliament to amend terms of a draft law on health insurance, which according to the syndicate, features negative impact on medical staff.

It also demanded the cabinet to issue instructions that oblige medical institutions and the police to report any attacks on medical facilities or staff as “assault on a governmental utility, and public employees on duty.”

The syndicate also requested the activation of incorporating adequate security measures at medical facilities.

On Friday, the syndicate was scheduled to hold its assembly, but failed due to lack of its 1,000-member quorum, after only 400 attended. The assembly was postponed to April 22.

The syndicate’s last assembly was held on Feb.12, where thousands of members attended to call for punishment to policemen who assaulted on duty doctors of Matariya teaching hospital.

A huge gathering of doctors condemned what they described as “police impunity” after only one out of nine policemen accused in the incident, was referred to trial.

During February meeting, the syndicate called on dismissal of Minister of Health for not protecting doctors, as well as it decided to provide medical services at public hospitals for free.

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