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IMA forms national committee for well-being of doctors

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Considering the increasing rate of suicides and among medical practitioners, the has formed a national committee for emotional and well-being of students and doctors in the country.

The committee will function under the leadership of

"Doctors are becoming an endangered species. In the last few years, the stress of students and practicing doctors has taken a serious turn," Wankhedkar said.

"Doctors are surrounded day and night by disease, distress, dangerous infections, demands from patients and death. This often leads to burn-outs, depression, mental challenges and even suicides," he said.

has declared the theme for Doctors' Day as 'zero tolerance to the violence against & clinical establishments'. is also observing a 'safe fraternity week' from July 1 to 8.

According to the WHO, is recognised as a public priority. Annually more than 8 lakh people with disturbed commit Undetected, under-treated or underlies most attempts, which is preventable.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults (15-29 years of age). In India, contribute to 11.6 per cent of the global burden.

Medical students and doctors have a significantly higher suicide rate than the general population. Presently, this is at 28 to 40 suicides per 1,00,000, the IMA said.

"Practicing doctors are facing numerous issues in their daily routine. Government red tapes, government apathy towards healthcare sector, undue expectations of people leading to violence are making doctors' lives miserable. While IMA fights for the cause of fraternity, addressing the of our doctors and medical students becomes most important," IMA R N Tandon said.

Nilima Kadambi, of the new IMA committee, said: "Professional support systems, helplines and centres will be promoted by IMA to help medical students and doctors who need this assistance. The unique IMA mission for emotional healing and mental health of practicing doctors and students will create the positive mindset by reducing stress levels among medicos.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 22:25 IST