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The Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) white alert protest of 22nd and Black Day of 23rd stands withdrawn after an online meeting with the Home Minister and the Health Minister on Wednesday.

The government has brought in an ordinance to protect doctors in view of the increasing attacks on healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Attacks on health care workers have been made a non-bailable offence and will carry imprisonment from six months to seven years, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has announced.

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The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 amends the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and provides for compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to property.

Safety and dignity of our doctors at their workplace is non-negotiable, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said.

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