Kolkata, Mar 15 IBNS | 7 months ago

The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) on Friday hosted a workshop on Medico legal issues involving a dynamic panel of medical practitioners and legal consultants, here

Ex- Judicial Member of the State Consumer Disputes Commission, S Coari expressed grief over the declining doctor and patient relationship at this critical juncture, and since patients have high hopes, any unfavourable outcome on the part of medical society instigates an increasing number of litigations and cases.

Bhabotosh Biswas, Professor and HOD- Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital said that the earlier culture of regarding doctors as the ultimate saviour has turned into a perception of consumerism. He alerted the medical fraternity to record their services in order to provide clear cut facilities given to the patient, as medical service is a bilateral responsibility.

Bipin Mukherjee, President, Kolkata Consumer Forum Unit II related medico legal services to the realm of forensic science and stressed on the needful consideration in deciding authorities on legal matters, who, in turn, must be well aware of the medical system.

He criticized the post operation, packaging policy of faulty management systems in most hospitals for which doctors are dragged to legal labyrinths.

Brotindro Mullick, Medico Legal Consultant, Medical Defence Consultancy India Pvt. Ltd., informed of the various precautionary measures the doctors should keep in mind to avoid legal defamation, while P. L. Mehta, Director, Neotia Healthcare Initiative Limited, urged the doctors to keep up their guard against legal hassles.

P. K. Nemani, Member, West Bengal Medical Council differentiated the commonly used term 'complication' from 'negligence', lack of the idea of which has resulted in the relentless humiliation of doctors.

He welcomed the defensive practice and discussed precautions to be taken by doctors as well as the hospital authorities to tackle patient party fury.

Prabir Basu, Advocate & Ex- Additional Standing Council (Central Govt) underlined the purpose of service recording as the only solution to foster quality and continuity in healthcare service as well as to provide reasonable protection from unreasonable allegations.

(Posted on 15-03-2014)

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