Press Conference by PBT: MCI Cancels Licenses of Doctors For Up To 5 Years In Several Bengal Hospitals On Charge Of “Medical Negligence”

PBT has called a press conference to be held at Calcutta Press Club in Kolkata at 5 pm tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 7) to present a historic development as Medical Council of India (MCI) directed to cancel medical registrations of a large number of doctors for a period ranging 6 months to 5 years on account of patients’ death from “medical negligence”. At least three victims whose loved ones died from gross medical negligence in hospitals across West Bengal came to PBT seeking justice several years ago. The West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) either delayed indefinitely or dismissed the complaints of these victims. Under guidance from PBT, these victims lodged appeals with MCI under sections 8.7 and 8.8 of “Code of Ethics Regulations” (these laws were created as a result of PBT’s PIL in Supreme Court in 2004). Last week, MCI has held doctors in all three cases guilty for medical negligence and directed WBMC to suspend their licenses to practice for a period of up to 5 years. With support from PBT, victims of medical negligence in other states across India have also started to see some glimpse of hope to find justice for the wrongful death of their loved ones. Detail of these cases will be posted soon.