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.