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As every year on May 28, PBT is planning to celebrate “Patients’ Day” (Rogi Divas) this year to enhance public awareness about “medical negligence” and to underscore the legal rights of the patients. While separate programs to commemorate “Patients’ Day” will be organized through various PBT branches including Delhi and Bangalore (people interested are requested to contact PBT organizers in these cities that may be found under “Our People”), a massive public rally has been planned in Kolkata in front of the AMRI Hospital (near Gariahat) at 4 PM on Monday (May 28). It may be noted that more than 90 innocent patients were suffocated to death at AMRI Hospital last December in a devastating fire as a result of reckless negligence on part of the hospital authority. While Mamta Banerjee’s Trinomul government initially took prompt action under intense public pressure and arrested the culprits including AMRI Board of Directors, in less than six months, everything seems to have gone into a deep slumber as all accused have already been set free with little or no urgency shown by the Bengal government to bring justice for the rich and powerful AMRI hospital authority.
The AMRI hospital fire victims and many victims of “medical negligence” from all parts of West Bengal and across India will gather at 4 PM at the public rally in front of AMRI hospital on Monday. A candlelight vigil in memory of all the victims will also be held at the same venue at 6:30 PM. A memorandum with specific demands for protection of the hapless patients will also be delivered to the Bengal chief minister, Mamta Banerjee (see copy of the outline below). All conscientious citizens and victims of medical negligence are cordially invited to attend this public rally in Kolkata to raise our voice in support of patients’ rights and justice for the victims of medical malpractice. For more information, please contact PBT head office in Kolkata at 9038083120 and 9836706952.