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PBT was inaugurated on 30th December, 2001 at the Netaji Subash Institute, Sealdah by the founding President Dr. Kunal Saha from USA. What started as a fight for justice against medical malpractice by an individual (Dr. Saha) for the wrongful death of his wife Anuradha, has now turned into a mass movement against the pervasive malpractice across the country. Anuradha, an India-born USA citizen died in the most incomprehensible manner during a social visit to India at an age of only 36 and at the beginning of a productive career as a Child Psychologist. She graduated from the prestigious Columbia University in New York City in 1998 just before her last trip to India.

In a historic judgment on "medical negligence" delivered on August 7, 2009, the Supreme Court of India found 4 doctors and Advanced Medicare Research Institute (AMRI) in Kolkata guilty for negligent treatment causing death of Anuradha Saha, wife of PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha. The Apex Court held senior medicine specialists Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee, Dr. Abani Roychowdhury, senior dermatologist Dr. Baidyanath Halder, physician Dr. Balaram Prasad (associated with the AMRI hospital) as well as the AMRI hospital, responsible for Anuradha's death. In this SC Judgment, the SC has also laid down many new guidelines and rules that doctors/hospitals must observe for treatment of patients.
This historical judgment by the Supreme Court of India is a win for PBT and for all Indian citizens who until now stood silently with no hope for justice against the delinquent doctors of India who stayed above the law and continued the practice of wrongful medicine without any fear. However, this judgment does not imply that every doctor is "guilty" of malpractice and it is our hope that this judgment does not encourage the public to bring in criminal charges against the doctors at random. However, we also hope that this judgment will make the doctors of India realize that nobody is above the law no matter how influential he/she may be. More importantly, we hope that this judgment will stimulate sweeping changes to bring honesty and transparency in the medical community and specially in the medical councils who have the noble duty to judge impartially the complaints against doctors and to stop malpractice in India. The medical councils in India is inherently flawed with its "doctors only" members whose only purpose is to protect their friends/colleagues without ever caring for the millions of victims of "malpractice". It is because of the corrupt medical councils, the sole protector and regulator of practice of medicine, that the doctors hardly care for their mistakes causing needless loss of thousands of innocent lives everyday.

The primary goal of the PBT is to help the victims of malpractice fins justice and to fight to change the present scenario of the medical councils so that the delinquent doctors of India can be disciplined and malpractice can be eradicated.

--Written by the President of P.B.T. (Dr. Kunal Saha)

Dr. Kunal Saha, President of PBT is a resident of Ohio, USA. Dr. Saha graduated from the NRS Medical College in Calcutta before migrating to the USA where he attended the University of Texas - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. He also completed a Ph.D. from the same university in Texas and further training at the Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Saha is currently working as a tenure-track faculty at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio primarily involved in the study on HIV and AIDS. His research on HIV includes a search for a vaccine against AIDS which is a major threat to worldwide including India. The exemplary movement against malpractice that has been started by Dr. Saha through the sad death of his wife is for the common people of India. Our fight will not end till every needless death and/or injury caused from wrongful practice of medicine is stopped and the guilty doctors are brought to justice.

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