PBT Celebrates 13th Anniversary, Calls For Reform In Medical Councils and Expedited Justice For All Victims Of Medical Negligence

Filled with numerous victims of medical negligence including many doctors, PBT celebrated its 13th Anniversary at Rotary Sadan in Kolkata on December 30, 2014 (see news below).  PBT was founded in 2001 by its president, Dr. Kunal Saha, following death of his wife, Anuradha, who died from gross medical negligence by three senior Kolkata doctors, Sukumar Mukherjee and late Abani Roychowdhury and Baidyanath Halder.  Retired Major General and ex-Medical Council of India (MCI) president, S.P. Jhingon, appeared as the “chief guest” with another retired Army Chief, General S. Roychowdhury.  Gen. Jhingon described his experience as MCI chief several years ago and categorically said that MCI was truly a “den of corruption” as held by Delhi High Court while directing to remove then MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai.  Gen. Jhingon further said that although Dr. Desai is not officially a member of MCI at the present moment as he is facing criminal charges for bribery and corruption, the entire council is being run by his cronies at Desai’s direction today.  Gen. Roychowdhury said that in order to bring honesty and transparency to the medical council, at least 50% of its members should come from “non-doctor” members in the society.  Several doctors who have lost their loved ones from medical negligence also appeared and urged the medical fraternity to wake up and take action against their errant medical colleagues.  Dr. Kunal Saha was also present in the program who made scathing criticism of the central as well as state government and blamed that a connivance between the unscrupulous medicos and corrupt government is responsible for the present pathetic condition of healthcare in India.  Dr. Saha also demanded that cases of medical negligence must be decided through a fast-track justice delivery system.

Statesman (Dec 31, 2014)

Pratidin (Dec 31, 2014)