Dehradun: Taking a serious note of the increasing incidents of violence against doctors and other medical staff in the state, the Uttarakhand government has approved the Uttarakhand Medicare Service Persons and Institutes (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill-2011.

The state Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank approved the Bill containing provisions that would shield the doctors from the unruly behavior of the attendants of the patients being treated in government and private hospitals.

However, the Bill also provides for action against doctors and other medical staff found to have registered wrong criminal complaints and FIRs.

Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand, Subhash Kumar said, “Strict action will be taken against those vandalizing hospitals and targeting doctors and medical staff.”

Only those government and private hospitals would benefit from the new law who are registered under the Clinic Act.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also cleared the amendments in Uttarakhand Medical Health Regulations-2009 and paved way for promotions of 781 doctors apart from other benefits.