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PBT Celebrates “Rogi Divas” (Patients’ Day): Seeks Immediate Intervention of Governor On Six Points To Prevent Medical Negligence And To Bring Justice For Victims

In celebration of “Rogi Divas” (Patients’ Day) today (May 28), PBT holds huge public seminar in Kolkata to spread public awareness about patients’ rights and fighting pervasive medical negligence in hospitals and nursing homes across India.  Earlier in the morning, PBT submitted a memorandum with the West Bengal Governor, Mr. M.K. Narayanan, with six-point demands:

1) To investigate and stringent action for police brutality against several PBT members and innocent victims of medical negligence during a peaceful demonstration last week in Kolkata.

2) To form a “fast track” court for rapid disposal of cases involving “medical negligence”.

3) To form an independent body to oversee functioning of the state medical council.

4) Strict implementation of “Clinical Establishment Act” for protection of hapless patients against financial and medical manipulation by doctors/hospitals.

5) To direct medical councils to dispose of all complaints against doctors within 6 months as stipulated under law.

6) To shut down AMRI Hospital in Kolkata that has declared financial insolvency before Supreme Court (in Anuradha Saha death case) to protect the innocent patients who are treated there every day. (see Statesman news below)

Copy of PBT’s memorandum submitted with the Governor is attached below.  PBT calls all patients and conscientious citizens to join us and stand up to for your fundamental rights and demand ethical and careful treatment from all hospitals/doctors.

Statesman (May 29, 2014)

Governor Memorandum (May 28, 2014)

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  • suvankar sen May 28, 2014, 7:36 am

    it is a great movement, we are always with this movement
    suvankar sen

  • agrwl June 1, 2014, 6:18 am

    People for betterment of
    Foreign Medical Graduates
    President: R K Agrawal,
    231, Lalbaug, Morbi-2

    The health minister,
    Ministery of Health & Family Welfare,
    Govt of india,
    New Delhi

    Sub:-Plight of Foreign Medical Graduates of India & ways to improve supply of competent doctors in India, while eliminating all types of incompetent doctors

    Thousands of meritorious youth of mother India, who could not afford Crores of Donation in Pvt. Medical colleges, & could not get meagrely available Govt. seats but still determined to pursue this noble profession of medicine, go abroad for economical medical education.
    But on return, they are being discriminated in the name of screening test by the Medical Council of India, in collusion with National Board of Medical examination, & Govt. of India. A glance at the pass percentage of screening tests (just 15% to 30% with an average of 20%) will reveal the amount of discrimination being meted out by MCI to these graduates.
    I do not buy MCI’s argument that medical education all over the world is not up to Indian standards as justification for such a low pass percentage over such a long period. If their education is so poor, how come they have much better healthcare system than India has. And if 80% foreign graduates are indeed not worthy, why not ban foreign medical education completely? Why waste our youth & financial resources for such a worthless education & spoil life of 80% students who could have been productively used in other fields of life for the benefit of mother india?
    However, the fact of the matter is that such discriminatorily low passing percentage is deliberately kept to incite fear psychosis in the minds of students, so that they do not go abroad & ultimately fall pray to Pvt. Medical Colleges to cough up Crores in Donation. As the fear increases, demand for these seats increases, & as the demand increases, the donation amount increases. Part of this donation goes to MCI bosses is no more a secrete. MCI bosses become wealthy, the dens of corruption flourish, but, mother india suffers. Artificial shortage of doctors is created. Rural population falls pray to quacks, thus our National Health parameters decreases, & mother India becomes sick.
    Scores of Pvt. medical colleges openly auction their seats in crores, & pass their students from their own Pvt universities by taking crores again. We know how their faculties & facilities are checked by MCI, which exist only on paper. However, the quality of students admitted & the quality of Doctors produced is nowhere checked even on paper by any Govt. agency. They all are blanketly stamped competent without any scrutiny because corrupt officials get their share of Donation.
    Has MCI ever checked the standard of these Pvt. Medical College students by subjecting them to such a test?
    Is it not possible that MCI is asking for some alien standards from foreign medical college students, which its own Pvt. Medical College graduates do not possess?
    The solution to this problem lies in subjecting both foreign medical graduates as well as Pvt. Medical College graduates to a uniform licentiate examination to know if they all have minimum basic knowledge before stamping them competent & allowing them to play with our life. There will be several benefits to mother india & the only loosers will be corrupt officials & Pvt. Medical College mafia, as explained below.
    1.There will be no discrimination against anyone as all are subjected to the same test. As the fear psychosis will eliminate, more & more students will go abroad for economical medical education thus increasing supply of Doctors which ailing mother india badly needs, without any burden on Govt. resourses, & without compromising on standards.
    2.Increased supply of quality Doctors will improve the health parameters of ailing mother India. India will be gradually viewed as a healthy country.
    3. All incompetent doctors, whether Foreign medical college gradutes or Pvt. Medical college graduates will not be able to get in to the system, thus reducing medical negligence, which will be again beneficial to ailing mother India.
    4. Only losers will be corrupt officials & private medical mafia making crores by auctioning their seats, & still gving sub standard education, as demand for their seats will be greatly reduced as now students will have the choice of economical education without fear of discrimination. But, the benefit to mother India will be that healthcare will be free of corruption, money power & vested interests, which in turn will reduce the overall cost of healthcare, & promote competence, as Pvt. Medical Colleges will have no choice but to improve their standards.
    The proof of validity of above argument will lie in the fact that the only opposition you will face is from corrupt officials, the Pvt. Medical college mafia & the existing students of such colleges. Opposition from existing students of Pvt. Medical colleges can be overcome by not making these rules applicable to existing students. Those left will be corrupt officials & Pvt. Medical college Mafia as they will loose the maximum.
    But, Mother india will get a lot. Corruption from healthcare will reduce, overall cost of healthcare will reduce, medical negligence will reduce, healthcare will be greatly improved, with increased supply of quality doctors & mother india will no more be ailing.
    If all these need legislative changes, taking a long time, in the short run we can atleast reduce the discrimination meted out to Foreign Medical College Graduates by not subjecting them to some alien standards of test which our own Pvt. Medical Colleges do not possess, by subjecting a sample of such Pvt Medical College doctors to this test on voluntary basis for study purpose only to find out if the standard expected are indeed those possessed by Indian Pvt. Medical College Graduates. Since, all these Pvt. Medical college graduates are blanketly stamped competent, they all must easily pass this test. Or, it will prove that blanket stamping of Pvt. Medical college graduates as competent is indeed money driven & not merit driven, which is detrimental to health of Mother India in more than one way as explained above. This will reduce some discrimination in short run, will result in increased supply of quality doctors, as fear of subjecting them to some alien standards will be removed & Govt. will come to know the actual standards of such Pvt. Medical College Graduates. However, to get the real picture all this exercise should be undertaken by an independent body free from the influence of MCI as this will also expose how these Pvt. Medical Colleges were recognised by MCI, which is the main culprit.
    Thanking you,
    Yours sincerely,

    (R K Agrawal)
    Copy to:
    1. Prime Minister of India, sh. Narendra bhai Modi, New Delhi
    2. National Board of Examination, New Delhi
    3. Medical Council of India, New Delhi

  • S.P. Manchanda June 2, 2014, 7:40 am

    PFA Delhi High Court Order in the case of Dr Alka Gupta Vs. Medical Council of India and S.P. Manchanda, regarding death of my daughter on 5.5.2009, in which case MCI established medical negligence punishing Dr Alka denying practice for 3 years. This DHC decision will also affect all previous decisions of MCI. Moreover, MCI may not accept complaints and appeals in future.
    Please let me know what can be done now as I cannot move SC due to financial constraints.

  • S.P. Manchanda June 2, 2014, 12:09 pm

    “Fast track” court for rapid disposal of cases involving “medical negligence” is necessary as the doctor held negligent may harm other patients, if decision/punishment is pronounced after a long period.