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PBT Calls For Fast-track Disposal Of All “Medical Negligence” Cases

PBT held an open public seminar on Rogi Divas (“Patients’ Day”) this week where an urgent memorandum was sent to the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) president urging him to form a fast-track court for quick disposal of cases involving alleged medical negligence by doctors and hospitals (see news reports below). While acknowledging that the consumer courts have brought a ray of hope for the hapless victims of medical negligence in India under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), PBT has stressed that inordinate delays extending to several years and decades in disposal of complaints against the errant doctors/hospitals have brought a great deal of frustration for the victims of medical negligence. PBT has requested the NCDRC president to establish separate fast-track courts for handling only cases involving medical negligence for expedited disposal rather than, as is the norm today, all consumer complaints, much of which involves ordinary commercial disputes, are tagged together with cases of medical malpractice that truly involves vital question of life and death for the ordinary people.

Zee News (May 28, 2017)

Pioneer (June 1, 2017)Daily News World (May 28, 2017)

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  • Vijaya June 2, 2017, 9:33 am

    Dear PBT, This is an excellent initiative. My medical negligence case dating bact to 2005 is still going on. As it is the opposite parties in such cases always try to delay by getting adjournment. Additionally in Maharashtra there have been huge number of vacancies in the benches, courts keep transferring it to newer created benches and areas and allocating new case numbers which then puts me behind in the queue as well. It is as if the whole system is not interested in giving justice to victims.

    • ravikumar bhaskaran menon June 2, 2017, 10:35 pm

      The main problem with our criminal jurisprudence is the investigation officer in criminal negligence is unaccountable and the prosecutor need not buy the line of argument of the complainant. There is a High Court of Kerala judgment by Justice B.Kemal Pasha in which it is pronounced that the complainant need NOT swallow what the prosecution says.

  • Dhiraj solanki June 2, 2017, 12:03 pm

    I appreciate the efforts made by you ,I am also a suffer of medical negligence and fighting case against doctors and hospital from last five year after death of my wife in may 2012at criminal court , High court and also at NCDRC and succeed in first time in Delhi in cancelation of one hospital licence and suspension of four doctors practing licence from in range of one year to three month from Delhi medical Council and MCI after much struggle case no 995/2012 at DMC detail available at website of DMC and MCI , I need your help to persuy the matter at High Court And NCDRC mobile 09811034978

  • Parag June 2, 2017, 10:16 pm

    Agreed. Also there should be a public website containing records of Doctor’s Name and details that have been convicted in medical negligence or are currently being sued for medical negligence. This will definetely have a profound effect in deterring medical negligence.

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started the petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Here’s the link:

    http://www.change.org/p/medical-council-of-india-lilavati-hospital-cancel-license-expel-corrupt-nephrologist-hemant-mehta-prashant-rajput-who-killed-my-mom

    Thanks!
    Parag

  • Dr.Abhisek Mitra June 3, 2017, 12:36 am

    Carry on….Will support you..give a call or message as and when required​.

  • kundi June 3, 2017, 8:03 am

    ENGAGE R VENKATARAMAN AND LM SINGH AS ADVOCATES