Month: April 2011

Punjab Medical Council Shielding Negligent Doctors: Capricious Rejection of RTI Application

The Punjab Medical Council (PMC) has refused to provide information about the status of complaints against negligent doctors in the most blatant and deplorable fashion.  As part of our attempt to evaluate how different state medical councils have been handling complaints against their medical colleagues, PBT recently sought information about the status of complaints from 26 medical councils across …

Anuradha Death Case: First-ever Testimony Of Foreign Experts via SKYPE Drags On To Monday

While the first-ever recording of foreign experts in Indian medico-legal history using the high-speed Internet started on Tuesday (April 26) in the highly publicized Anuradha Saha wrongful death case, cross-examination of renowned US-based Economist, Prof. John Burke, dragged even on Wednesday with the Delhi-based attorneys Mr. Ranjan Mukherjee, Mr. Sanjay Ghosh along with Mrs. Rupali …

New Vista Is Opened Against Corruption and Medical Negligence: Prof. Burke’s Testimony From USA Will Continue On Wednesday (April 27) Through The Internet

For the first time in Indian medico-legal history, testimony from an expert from a foreign country was directly recorded through the Internet on Tuesday (April 26, 2011).  Prof. John Burke, a renowned Economist based in Cleveland, Ohio testified via Skype using high-speed Internet in support of the compensation claimed against three senior doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder …

PBT Condemns Attack On Bhushans To Undermine Anti-corruption Movement In India

Devious political leaders and backers of the ruling Congress party have seemingly launched a vicious attack against the ex-law minister and senior advocate, Shanti Bhushan and his son attorney Prashant Bhushan, both of whom are also members of the recently established Lokpal panel to fight corruption.   Veteran political leader and Congress supporter, Amar Singh has produced a doctored CD containing  incriminating taped conversation between Shanti Bhushan and …

Reshuffle In The MCI Board of Governors: Will It Bring Any Change or Is It The Same Old Wine In a New Bottle?

It is reported today that the health ministry is planning to reshuffle the members of the present MCI Board of Governors (BOG) including removal of Dr. S.K. Sarin, the chairman of BOG (see news below).  In the past, we have witnessed that whenever new members are seected to the MCI, they all bring their own agendas.  This is particularly significant for complaints …

PBT Lauds Hazare and Expresses Solidarity with Anti-corruption Battle

PBT congratulates Anna Hazare for his successful hunger-strike at Jantar Mantar that paved the way for proper implementation of the Lokpal Bill to fight corruption in India.  Since its inception more than ten years ago, PBT has been dedicated to fight the pervasive corruption in healthcare, judiciary and other areas of government services.  Ironically, PBT …

SC Passes Historic Judgment in Anuradha Saha Death Case: Experts From USA Will Testify Via Internet Videoconferencing

In a historic judgment that will have far-reaching consequences in bringing justice for the hapless victims of “medical negligence” in India, the Supreme Court division bench of Justices Mr. Dalveer Bhandari and Mr. Deepak Verma has directed today (April 7, 2011) that opinions of Prof. John Burke, Economic expert from Cleveland and Prof. John Broughton, noted psychologist from …

MCI Shields Errant Medical Colleagues Including Ketan Desai: Denies Justice From the Victims By Simply Delaying Justice

In yet another deliberate move to shield the errant doctors, the MCI Ethics Committee in their meeting on April 5, 2011 once again simply “adjourned” the case against Dr. Ketan Desai showing no apparent reason and continued with the same deplorable stance of “judgment reserved” against the two senior Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee and Baidyanath Halder) who have already …