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Historic Day In Indian Medicine: 16 Doctor-members of West Bengal Medical Council Surrender to Face Criminal Trial

A historic moment in the Indian healthcare system that has been riddled with pervasive corruption and with no checks and balances for the errant doctors came today when 16 doctor-members of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) surrendered before the 8th Metropolitan Magistrate of the Bankshall Criminal Court.  While 17 WBMC members were indicted for “criminal conspiracy” (IPC Section 120B) and “screening offender” (IPC Section 201) on August 19, 2011 for deliberately shielding Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder, two principal doctors who were previously  held responsible by the Supreme Court for death of Anuradha Saha, through a “criminal conspiracy” by suppressing incriminating opinions of their own medical experts back in 2000-2001 (see copy of the petition below), 16 doctors surrendered today because one of the indicted doctors has recently passed away.  The court has fixed January 13, 2012 for further proceeding of this unprecedented criminal case against virtually the entire state medical council.  While this remarkable development would send a serious warning for the devious members of other medical councils, it will also bring hope for the countless victims of medical negligence in India (see the news below).

Criminal Petition against WBMC (2011)

Indian Express (Nov. 5, 2011)

Bengal Post (Nov. 5, 2011)

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