VICTIMS of medical negligence, who want to appeal to the Medical Council of India ( MCI) against rejection of their complaints by state medical councils, have to pay a hefty fee. The council has levied a fee of Rs 10,000 in violation of its rules, despite being told by the health ministry not to do so.
The MCIs Code of Ethics provides for rights of people affected by the negligence of doctors and hospitals to appeal against state medical councils if their applications are rejected or if they are not satisfied by verdicts. But this appeal comes at a price.
When the matter was brought to the notice of the health ministry, the MCI was directed not to charge any fee for grievance redressal.
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