PBT Celebrates “Patients’ Day”, Calls For Immediate Action Against Medical Corruption

“Patients’ Day” (Rogi Divas) was celebrated today (May 28) in a packed auditorium in Kolkata to commemorate patients’ rights and to bring awareness about medical negligence. PBT president, Kunal Saha, spoke through video-conference from USA and demanded that government must take action to eradicate the wide-spread corruption that has crippled Indian’s healthcare and medical education system. Two glaring episodes of gross medical corruption were highlighted. In one, Madan Mitra, a tainted minister of Mamata Banerjee’s government in West Bengal who was arrested by CBI for his role in the Saradha chit fund scam was able to avoid jail by virtue of a medical certificate issued by doctors in the government SSKM hospital. The other episode involves disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, who is still running MCI from behind the curtain. Despite repeated appeals by PBT, neither the central government nor Mamata Banerjee has shown any interest to go after these corrupt practices by the devious members of the medical fraternity. PBT has vouched to fight medical corruption in the public arena and if necessary, move the court against the pervasive medical corruption (see news below).

Hindu (May 29, 2015)
Statesman (May 29, 2015)
Ganashakti (May 29, 2015)