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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)

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  • Ganesh C Mandal May 27, 2015, 9:42 am

    Thanks to PBT for observing this day as patients’s day. I would like to attend but unfortunately could not attend. please call all news media, press
    and TV to come and join on this important day and explain to them about the medical negligence in West Bengal’s Hospitals. Negligence patients and families should come forward and fight against this health care corruption.
    Thanks to DM Raiganj, for surprise visit to Raiganj Hospital. Govt. should be more aware about this kind of negligency. Happy patients’ day .

  • KALYAN CHATTERJEE May 27, 2015, 10:38 am

    sorry it was my mistake at first that ,i read out wrongly day of 29/05/2015
    on Friday. but it will be call us on tomorrow as 28/05/15

  • BISWAJIT DEY May 28, 2015, 12:45 am

    I have many more innovative idea to get forward the movement. Restoring it’s political neutrality character only within the democratic system and social framework.Thanks to Kunal Saha for his relentless effort.happy patient day.

  • Dr. Markandey Keshari May 28, 2015, 12:54 am

    Thanks to PBT for observing 28th May’2015 as patients’s day. On behalf of me and my family, I wish for grand success of patient’s day.On this day, I hope that NDA government shall recognise and announce as patients’s day especially in India, where, a lot of corruption has spread over starting from MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA to private and govt. hospitals. Due to this chronical cooruption in medical profession, medical negligences cases have been rising day by day. NDA government must to wake up and take stringent action against the rampant healthcare corruption across India.

    ( Dr. Markandey keshari )

  • Jessie Hiramanek May 28, 2015, 8:34 am

    So disappointed I have to miss this as I am out of Kolkata. I would have loved to be here as I had some experience to share on our ‘great Doctors’ of West Bengal. Nontheless I hope to be present at any such meetings in the near future hopefully.

    Warm regards

  • Ganesh C Mandal May 28, 2015, 10:37 am

    Agree 100% with Dr. M. Keshari that Govt. of India and all State Govts. should recognise this day as Patients’s Day. Government observes Mother’s Day, Father’s day, Brother’s Day , Children’s day, Teacher’s day, Environment and Earth day, World Valentine’s Day , international Women’s day , World Young Docotor’s Day, international Nures’s Day etc but why not Patients’s Day. NDA Government should observe this day as Patients’s day every year. Thanks to Dr. Kunal Saha for your sincere hard work for helpless patients and families.