A rising tide of violence against physicians and health professionals is being reported to the
Physician leaders from Central and
Now the WMA is calling for security posts to be provided in all healthcare facilities to combat the incidents of violent attacks against healthcare professionals and facilities.
WMA President Dr.
In a new policy statement published on its website, the WMA says that although many countries accept the need for violence prevention programmes they still faced many challenges. These included inadequate or non-existent reporting of data, inadequate investment in prevention programmes and support services for victims of violence, and failure to enforce existing laws against violence.
'These failures are to do with a lack of leadership, and social determinants such as unemployment, poverty, health, gender inequality, and poor access to educational opportunities', said
'It is time that governments demonstrated their political commitment to tackle the shame of violence on our health services.'