JSA and MFC Statement demanding safeguards to guarantee access to health care

We, the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and Medico Friend Circle (MFC) are deeply troubled by the violence that is being reported from parts of Delhi.  In such a situation, access to health care, including emergency medical treatment to treat injuries and to save human lives is critical. We demand that all State agencies, especially the police ensure that medical personnel are not prevented but protected in fulfilling their duties in providing health care and saving lives. The police must not be allowed to stop patients and ambulances carrying them, doctors and drugs and medical supplies to any health facility. Delays in this regard are absolutely unacceptable, are a violation of the fundamental rights of all people and can have serious consequences.

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