PBT Calls Massive Public Rally Against “Medical Negligence” On Saturday (Nov. 10)

All conscientious citizens and victims of medical negligence are invited to join an open public forum for demand of justice against corruption and medical negligence.  This public rally will be held in Kolkata on Saturday (Nov. 10, 2012)  at 4 PM at the Mobodhi Society Hall on Bankim Chatterjee Street (near College Square).  Along with …

Government Makes False Claim About New Medical Course Using The Name Of Royal College in UK

The Mamata Banerjee government is in soup once again as they have recently advertised that a new post-graduate course for family practice would be started in 2012 in collaboration with the prestigious UK-based Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to improve the standard of healthcare in West Bengal.  After PBT contacted the Royal College, it …

Appointment of Negligent Doctor As “Chief Advisor”: Supreme Court Issues Notice Against Mamata Banerjee

Supreme Court division bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and A.R. Dave has issued notice against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today after PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, moved a special leave petition (SLP) challenging a previous order passed by the Calcutta High Court which directed to delete the name of Ms. Banerjee from the …

Anuradha Saha Death Case: Final Hearing Fixed In Supreme Court On October 30, 2012

Anuradha Saha wrongful death case, the historic legal battle that has brought a glimpse of hope for the countless victims of “medical negligence” in India, has been fixed for final hearing before the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday (October 30, 2012).  Anuradha, wife of PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha, died from gross medical negligence …

Calcutta High Court Delivers Judgment In “Criminal Defamation” Case Against Retired Judge: Protection Under Section 197 CrPC (“Sanction”) and Section 77 IPC (“Good Faith”) Cannot Be Grounds For Dismissal Before Trial

While dismissing an unprecedented case for “criminal defamation” (under Section 500 IPC) filed by PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha against retired High Court justice Mr. G.C. Dey primarily on the ground for delay in filing (under Limitation Act), Justice Mr. Aniruddha Bose of Calcutta High Court has made several truly historic observations that may have …

Endless Delay in Consumer Courts in “Medical Negligence” Cases: Hapless Father Waiting for Justice 11 Years Even After Remand from Supreme Court

Mihir Banerjee, a high-rank government officer in West Bengal, is still in dark as to when he may reach the end of a more than a decade long strenuous journey to bring justice for the wrongful death of his only child “Ishita” who died in 2001 after she was treated for simple vomiting by a …

PIL For New Election In West Bengal Medical Council: Calcutta HC Rejects Council’s Plea On Maintainability, Starts Final Hearing

The division bench of Justices Mr. K.J. Sengupta and Mr. A.K. Ray dismissed the plea taken by the West Bengal Medical Council today (Sept. 27) that the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT seeking immediate election to form a new state medical council is not maintainable.  This PIL (W.P. No. 8971/2012) was filed earlier …

Dr. Ketan Desai Claims PBT President Has Filed Lawsuits Because Of “Personal Grudge” And To “Get Even”

Dr. Ketan Desai, disgraced ex-MCI chief, has filed an affidavit in Gujarat High Court (HC) claiming that PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, has a “personal grudge” against him since 1998 following the death of his wife, Anuradha Saha, due to medical negligence by some Kolkata doctors.  Dr. Desai has further stated in an affidavit in …

Calcutta High Court Considers PIL Against Mamta Banerjee For Appointing Convicted Doctor As “Chief Adviser”

A division bench of Justices Mr. K.J. Sengupta and Mr. A.K. Mondal of Calcutta High Court heard PIL filed by PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha against appointment of Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee as the “chief adviser” for the West Bengal Health Department on Wednesday (August 8).  This unprecedented PIL was filed against Bengal chief minister, Mamata …

Mamta Banerjee Is Sued For Making Doctor Responsible For Anuradha Saha’s Death As “Chief Advisor” of Healthcare: Supreme Court Is Undermined And Violation Of Fundamental Rights

West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee has been dragged to the court for nominating Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee as the “chief adviser” for the state health department. PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, has filed a writ petition in Calcutta High Court yesterday claiming that Banerjee has deliberately tried to glorify Dr. Mukherjee by putting him at …

New PIL Against Adhoc Medical Council in West Bengal: High Court Seeks Response In Two Weeks

Division bench of Justices Mr. K.J. Sengupta and Mr. A.K. Mondal of Calcutta High Court admitted another historic public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT challenging the recently created Adhoc West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC).  The High Court directed the state government and WBMC to file their response within two weeks and the case would …

Kolkata High Court Refuses To Allow PBT President To Argue PIL Against Adhoc State Medical Council

In a surprising development on July 17, Kolkata High Court division bench presided by Justice Mr. K.J. Sengupta refused to allow Dr. Kunal Saha, PBT president, to argue the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT against against the undemocratically formed Adhoc Medical Council in West Bengal.  The division bench did not allow Dr. Saha …

Final Chapter In Anuradha Saha Death Case: Supreme Court To Hear Final Argument On Tuesday (July 10)

(For any questions/concerns, contact PBTINDIA2012@GMAIL.COM) The final chapter of the historic saga for the wrongful death of Anuradha Saha is likely to unfold next week before the Supreme Court of India.  A division bench of the Apex Court presided by  Hon’ble Justice Mr. B.S. Chauhan will hear the final argument on Tuesday (July 10, 2012) …

“Doctors’ Day”: PBT Seeks Answers From Indian Medical Association (IMA) About Dr. Ketan Desai

July 1 is always celebrated by Indian medicos as “doctors’ day”  to commemorate the birth anniversary and legacy of the legendary physician Dr. Bidhan Roy.  Apart from being a skilled medical doctor, Dr. Roy was also known to be an honest person who always felt for the patients.  Unfortunately, public image about the medical community …

Doctors’ Strike: Apex Court Issues Notice To IMA, Expects Doctors Would Not Join The Strike

(For questions or concerns, please contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com) In response to a urgent public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT, Supreme Court division bench of Justices Mr. H.L. Gokhale and Mrs. G.S. Misra has issued notice today against Indian Medical Association (IMA) that called the nation-wide “doctors’ strike” today. The Apex Court has also expressed an …

PBT Pleads IMA and Indian Doctors Not To Join “Doctors’ Strike” On Monday (June 25)

(For any questions/concerns, contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com) PBT makes an earnest plea to all doctors of India and leaders of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) not to start the proposed nation-wide “doctors’ strike” on Monday (June 25, 2012).  A PIL filed by PBT before the Supreme Court of India against the proposed “doctors’ strike”  will be taken …

PBT Urges Health Minister To Take Preemtive Measures Until Supreme Court Rules On “Doctors’ Strike” On Monday (June 25, 2012)

Supreme Court of India has posted the urgent public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT against nation-wide “doctors’ strike” by Indian Medical Association (IMA) for hearing at 10:30 AM on Monday (June 25, 2012) after one of the judges (Justice Mrs. R.P. Desai) recused herself from hearing the case yesterday because her close relative is …

“Doctors’ Strike” By IMA: SC Judge Recuses, New Bench Will Hear PIL At 10:30 AM On Monday (June 25, 2012)

(any questions or concerns, contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com) Although the division bench of Justices Mr. H.L. Gokhale and Mrs. Ranjana Prakash Desai in Supreme Court of India especially took PIL filed by PBT against the nation-wide “doctors’ strike” on Monday (June 25) called by Indian Medical Association (IMA), the bench could not hear the matter today (June …

Supreme Court Will Sit Tomorrow (June 22, 2012) Only To Hear PBT’s PIL Against Nation-wide “Doctors’ Strike” On Monday (June 25, 2012) Called By Indian Medical Association (IMA)

The Supreme Court of India (SC) will sit tomorrow (Friday) only to hear a single writ petition (PIL) filed by PBT to stop the nation-wide “doctors’ strike” on Monday (June 25) called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to protest against the government.  In a rare display, the entire Apex Court Causelist as shown in …

PBT Files PIL In Supreme Court Against Indian Medical Association (IMA) To Stop Nation-wide “Doctors’ Strike” On June 25, 2012

(contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com for any questions or concerns) The Indian Medical Association (IMA), largest medical body in India, has called a nation-wide “doctors’ strike” on June 25, 2012 (Monday) to protest government’s introduction of “Clinical Establishment Act (CEA), 2010” and “Bachelor of Rural Healthcare (BHRC) course.  While PBT has no qualm with any medical group for …

MCI Cancels Registration Of Top Kolkata Cardiologist For “Medical Negligence”: Law Created By PBT Brings Hope For Justice

A rare development that should bring a glimpse of hope for the countless victims of “medical negligence” across India,  Medical Council of India (MCI) has found Dr. Jayanarayan Naik, a top cardiologist and Director of Cardiology Services at “Medica Superspeciality Hospital”, a premier private hospital in Kolkata, negligent for causing death of a retired Air-force …

Known Ketan Desai Cronies Are Recruited To Top Posts By Board of Governors (BOG): Is The Path For Reentry Of Desai Through The Backdoor Deliberately Created By The Health Ministry And MCI?

(Contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com for any questions/comments) The rot in Indian healthcare regulatory system which was over-looked even by Mr. Aamir Khan during his recent TV episode of Satyamev Jayate is seemingly getting deeper as known Ketan Desai cronies are being recruited one after another by the present Adhoc Medical Council of India (MCI) “Board of Governors” …

PBT Denounces Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s Attack On Aamir Khan For Showing The Rot In Healthcare System

(Contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com for any questions/comments) The leaders of Indian Medical Association (IMA) have attacked Mr. Aamir Khan for hosting a TV program highlighting the problems in Indian medical system.  Some doctors have even threatened to file a defamation suit against Mr. Khan.  PBT strongly denounces this brazen attack against Mr. Khan by the devious members …

“Patients’ Day” Rally is Attacked by Hooligans : PBT Demands Justice from Mamta Banerjee

In a shocking display that underscores the deplorable condition of law and order in West Bengal, a group of rowdy hooligans attacked the peaceful public demonstration organized by PBT to celebrate “Patients’ Day” (Rogi Divas) in front of AMRI Hospital in Kolkata (see news below).  “Patients’ Day” is celebrated every year on May 28 to …

IMA and Medical Groups are Fuming Over Amir Khan’s “Satyamev Jayate” For Exposing Medical Corruption

(Contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com for any comments/concerns) The leaders of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and many other medical groups have erupted in massive protest over a TV program Satyamev Jayate hosted by actor Amir Khan yesterday where the shabby status of healthcare regulation in India was shown in an explicit manner with a focus on the …

PBT Plans to Celebrate “Patients’ Day” (Rogi Divas) on May 28 to Focus On Patients’ Rights and Demands Justice for All Victims of “Medical Negligence”

(Contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com via email for any questions or comments) As every year on May 28, PBT is planning to celebrate “Patients’ Day” (Rogi Divas)  this year to enhance public awareness about “medical negligence” and to underscore the legal rights of the patients.  While separate programs to commemorate “Patients’ Day” will be organized through various PBT …

Medical Corruption: West Bengal Medical Council Opposes Internet-videoconferencing, Admits Spending “Huge Money” To Save Negligent Doctors

(Contact pbtindia2012@gmail.com for any questions/concerns) In a shocking display of deep-rooted corruption and blatant attempt to shield errant doctors, the Registrar of West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC), Mr. D.K. Ghosh, has filed an affidavit in Calcutta High Court (see below) opposing “Internet-videoconferencing” to defend Dr. Sukumar Muherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder, two doctors who were …

Docs, AMRI Hospital Pay Compensation In Anuradha Saha Death Case: Top Kolkata Doctor Seeks More Time To Arrange Money

After 14 years of seeking justice in courts at every levels including numerous trips to the Supreme Court of India, three top Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder and Balaram Prasad) and AMRI hospital in Kolkata yesterday paid a fraction of the highest-ever compensation (Rs. 1.7 crore) imposed against these doctors/hospital by the National Consumer …

Criminal Case Against Retired High Court Judge: Kolkata High Court Allows Hearing Via Internet Videoconferencing

In a historic order that may have far-reaching consequences in the future of the justice delivery system in India, Calcutta High Court today passed an order allowing Dr. Kunal Saha, PBT president, to participate in the court proceedings through “Internet Videoconferencing” using high-speed web services (e.g. Skype) from his permanent place of residence in USA …

PBT Files New PIL Against Mamta Banerjee’s Dictatorial Formation of Adhoc West Bengal Medical Council

After coming to power last year, Mamta Banerjee’s government formed an Adhoc state medical council (WBMC) instead of holding a new and fair election which is due since 2010.  The Adhoc Council is nothing but a politically-motivated group of 10 loyal Trinomul supporters with two sitting Trinomul MLAs hand-picked by Banerjee who is both the …

MCI is Reluctant to Provide Information About Investigation of Complaints Against Doctors: PBT Moves Central Information Commission Seeking Exemplary Punishment

PBT has filed a petition today with the Central Information Commission (CIC) seeking exemplary punishment against the Medical Council of India (MCI) that has blatantly violated CIC’s direction to post relevant information about investigation of complaints against doctors on MCI’s website by April 1, 2012 (see PBT’s application below).  On Feb. 13, 2012, CIC passed …

Highest Compensation for Medical Negligence: NCDRC Issues Notice for Imprisonment of Guilty Doctor for Non-payment of Compensation

In another major development in the long-drawn battle for justice for the wrongful death of Anuradha Saha, National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) has issued notice today against Dr. Balaram Prasad for his possible imprisonment for non-payment of compensation.  On October 21, 2011, the Apex Consumer Court awarded Rs. 1.7 crore, highest in Indian medico-legal history, as …

Cancellation of Dr. Ketan Desai’s License: Gujarat High Court Issues Notice Against Gujarat Medical Council

In a major development in the sordid saga of disgraced ex-MCI chief, Dr. Ketan Desai, the Division bench of Justices Mr. V.M. Sahai and Mr. A.J. Desai of Gujarat High Court has issued notice today against Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) for not suspending the medical license of Dr. Ketan Desai. PBT filed an appeal in …

MCI Secretary Sacked: Corruption Continues in the Highest Medical Regulatory Body Even After Ketan Desai

In another shameful display of the continued corruption inside the Medical Council of India (MCI), MCI secretary, Dr. Sangeeta Sharma, who was appointed following the arrest of the disgraced ex-MCI president Dr. Ketan Desai in 2010, was removed by the health ministry today (see news below).  It is reported that Dr. Sharma was blocking CBI …

Savage Attack on Journalists by Doctors in Burdwan Hospital: PBT Demands Justice and Seeks Immediate Intervention by Govorner

In a shocking display of a blatantly unethical and seemingly unbelievable move by the members of Indian medical community, junior doctors of Burdwan Medical College Hospital, about 100 km from Kolkata, launched a savage assault on reporters yesterday.  It is reported that the media persons gathered at the hospital to look into the death of …

Highest Compensation for Medical Negligence: Final Chapter in Anuradha Saha Death Case will be Decided by Supreme Court Before Summer

The Supreme Court of India (SC) yesterday admitted an appeal filed by PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, seeking to enhance the Rs. 1.7 crore compensation for the wrongful death of his wife, Anuradha Saha, awarded last year by the National Consumer Forum (NCDRC).  Anuradha, US-based child psychologist, died when she was only 36 as a …

Supreme Court Issues Notice to AMRI Hospital and Kolkata Doctors For Enhancement of Compensation in Anuradha Death Case

Supreme Court division bench of Justices Mr. B.S. Chauhan and Mr. J.S. Khehar has issued notice today to AMRI Hospital and three top Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder and Balaram Prasad) to the appeal filed by PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha seeking enhancement of the Rs. 1.7 crore compensation awarded by the National Consumer …

PBT Moves Application In Supreme Court Seeking Names of Allegedly “Corrupt CJIs”

PBT has filed an interlocutory application (I.A.) today in Supreme Court (SC) in a pending Criminal Contempt petition (Amicus Curiae vs. Prashant Bhushan & Ors.) seeking to disclose the names of the allegedly “corrupt chief justices of India (CJIs)” (see below). Mr. Shanti Bbushan, ex-law minister and father of Mr. Prashant Bhushan, previously filed an …

AMRI Hospital Director Gets Bail From Calcutta High Court: PBT Objects For “Apperance of Bias”

In a decision that shocked many of the victims’ families who suffocated to death in the recent fire at the AMRI hospital in Kolkata, a division bench of Justices Mr. Asim Roy and Mr. Tarun Gupta granted bail yesterday to Mr. R.S. Agarwal, director of the hospital.  Mr. Balai Ray, a senior advocate and ex-advocate …

MCI Directed To Furnish Information About Pending Complaints Against Negligent Doctors On The Web

In a major decision that may have important implications on fair investigation of complaints against the errant doctors, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has passed an Order directing the Medical Council of India (MCI) to furnish all information about complaints received and status of investigation on the MCI website (see the CIC Order below).  The …

SC Permits PBT To Approach “Appropriate Forum” For Removal Of Ketan Desai From Gujarat University

The Supreme Court of India passed final order yesterday allowing PBT to move the appropriate forum for removal of disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai, from Gujarat University (see SC Order below).  PBT filed a public interest litigation (PIL) against the “unopposed” election of Dr. Desai to the Gujarat University (GU) Senate even after Desai …

Healthcare Bill 2011: PBT Submits Plan To Include “Non-doctor” Members In Medical Councils

With the National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill, 2011 (NCHRHB, 2011)  proposed for sweeping changes in regulation of medical practice in India fast approaching for introduction in the Parliament, PBT has submitted a Memorandum to the Standing Committee of Health & Family Welfare Department urging the government to make the single-most important change …

AMRI Hospital Fire: Doctors’ Groups Attack Mamta Banerjee For Arresting Two Of Their Medical Colleagues

Two veteran doctors, Mani Chetri and Pranab Dasgupta, who were running the function of the AMRI hospital as managing directors until last December when more than 90 patients perished in a blazing fire, were arrested by Bengal government last week for their role in this unprecedented medical calamity.  Until now, only the AMRI Board of …

Newspaper Group Promotes Convicted Kolkata Doctor And Criticizes Bengal Govt. For Arresting Doctors Involved In AMRI Hospital Fire: PBT Calls To Boycot Anandabazar Patrika

In the most shameless display of “yellow journalism”, a reputed Bengali daily in Kolkata, Anandabazar Patrika, has made blatant a attempt to promote Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee, veteran medicine specialist who was convicted by the Supreme Court of India in 2009 for medical negligence and causing death of Anuradha Saha.  According to an article published in …

PBT Members Moves Against Dr. Ketan Desai: Files Impleadment Petition in Supreme Court

Host of PBT members filed a new application in Supreme Court yesterday (January 20, 2012) seeking to implead themselves in the ongoing PIL against the disgraced ex-MCI president, Dr. Ketan Desai (copy attached below).  The Apex Court has accepted the impleadment application and fixed February 10, 2012 for further hearing of this case.  PBT filed …

Anuradha Death Case: Appeal Filed In Supreme Court For Enhancement Of Compensation Against Kolkata Doctors And AMRI Hospital

An appeal has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the judgment passed by the National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) which granted about Rs. 1.3 crore as compensation on October 21, 2011 for the wrongful death of Anuradha Saha, wife of PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha. While the award of Rs. 1.3 crore by NCDRC is …

Historic Development In Anuradha Case: Calcutta High Court Notice Ex-High Court Judge For “Criminal Defamation”

In a major development perhaps for the first time in Indian legal history, Calcutta High Court today (Jan. 9) has issued notice to a retired Calcutta High Court Judge, Gora Chand Dey, for “criminal defamation” under Section 500 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). While acquitting three Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder and late Abani …

PBT Celetrates Tenth Anniversary and Meets Bengal Governor Demanding Speedy Medical Justice

PBT celebrates its 10th Anniversary at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata. A large number of people including many victims of medical negligence joined the program. PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, was also present in this program. Many doctors and other dignitaries including judges and political personalities were also present on this occasion. A …

10th Anniversary of PBT in Kolkata on Friday: All conscientious citizens and victims of negligence are invited to attend

PBT cordially invites all conscientious citizens and victims of “medical negligence” to join us at 5:30 PM on Friday (December 30, 2011) at the “Academy of Fine Arts” (next to Rabindra Sadan) in Kolkata to commemorate its tenth foundation day anniversary. Many important dignitaries, political-medical leaders and victims will be joining this program where PBT’s …

PBT Files New Case Against Gujarat Medical Council Seeking Cancellation of Dr. Ketan Desai’s License

PBT has filed a new appeal before the Gujarat High Court against the Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) that has refused to cancel the medical registration of disgraced ex-head of Medical Council of India (MCI), Dr. Ketan Desai (see copy of the appeal below). After PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha lodged a formal complaint following the …

Seeking Justice in AMRI Hospital Fiasco: All Fire Victims and Victims of Medical Negligence are Invited to Join PBT at “Academy of Fine Arts” in Kolkata on 30th December, 2011

Two weeks since almost 100 defenseless patients perished in a massive fire at the AMRI Hospital in Kolkata, equitable justice for the victims’ families is still a far cry. While the Bengal government has put six wealthy and unscrupulous AMRI Board of Directors temporarily behind bar, each victim’s family has been assured a meager Rs. …

Horror in AMRI Hospital in Kolkata: PBT Demands Immediate Compensation and Criminal Prosecution of Hospital Administration

More than 70 defenseless patients were burnt or suffocated to death today after a fire broke out at the Advanced Medicare Research Institute (AMRI), a top-rated private hospital in South Kolkata. It is obvious that the hospital did not have adequate preventive measures to tackle an accidental fire. PBT has submitted a memorandum to the …

PBT’s PIL: Supreme Court Issues Notice Against “Doctors’ Strike”

Supreme Court division bench headed by chief justice of India (CJI), K.H. Kapadia, has issued notice yesterday to the Union Government and Medical Council of India (MCI) on a historic public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the PBT seeking response why the doctors who frequently resort to “strike” putting the lives of defenseless patients in …

Michael Jackson’s Doctor Sent To Jail For Drug-Overdose: Are Indian Healers Infallible or Too Powerful To Be Convicted For “Criminal Negligence”?

In the world-wide media blitz following the criminal conviction of Dr. Conrad Murray (for causing death of the king of pop music, Michael Jackson) who is now sitting in the Los Angeles County jail waiting for his final sentencing that may extend up to 4 years of imprisonment, most people in India perhaps failed to …

A “Fast-track” Court Urgently Needed For Justice In “Medical Negligence” Cases

The recent historic decision for highest compensation (Rs. 1.77 crore) in Anuradha Saha wrongful death case has unraveled the inherent flaw in the justice delivery system for the victims of “medical negligence” in India. Anuradha’s husband, Dr. Kunal Saha, had to fight a 13-year long legal battle (which has not yet ended as Dr. Saha …

Historic Day In Indian Medicine: 16 Doctor-members of West Bengal Medical Council Surrender to Face Criminal Trial

A historic moment in the Indian healthcare system that has been riddled with pervasive corruption and with no checks and balances for the errant doctors came today when 16 doctor-members of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) surrendered before the 8th Metropolitan Magistrate of the Bankshall Criminal Court.  While 17 WBMC members were indicted for …

Press Conference: Seventeen Doctor-members of West Bengal Medical Council To Surrender On November 4 Facing Criminal Charges

Seventeen members of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) were found prima facie guilty for “criminal conspiracy” (punishable under IPC 120B) and “screening offender” (punishable under IPC 200) on August 19, 2011 for deliberately shielding Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder, two principal physicians later found guilty by the Supreme Court for causing wrongful …

Kunal Saha Moves NCDRC Again To Expunge Derogatory Remarks That He Is Also Guilty Of “Contributory Negligence” For Anuradha’s Death

While the National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) awarded a record Rs. 1.7 crore compensation for the wrongful death of Anuradha Saha, her husband and PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha has expressed deep disappointment with the judgment not only for the unjust quantum of compensation (less than 2% of his original claim) but more importantly, for holding …

Children Continue to Die in Kolkata: PBT Demands Immediate Disclosure of Medical Records from Mamta Banerjee

Large numbers of children have continued to die from alleged medical negligence over the past week in B.C. Roy Children’s Hospital and Burdwan General Hospital in West Bengal. The state government has denied all charges of malpractice and claimed that the deaths of these children were “unavoidable” after a hurried internal investigation by a three-member …

West Bengal Government Provides “Clean Chit” to B.C. Roy Hospital after 13 Children Die: PBT Demands Public Disclosure of Investigation for Independent Review

At least 13 children died on the Diwali day at the B.C. Roy Children’s Hospital in Kolkata, the only super specialty medical center for children in West Bengal.  Family members of many of the victims claimed that the babies died from lack of proper care and medical negligence.  Of course, the hospital authority denied all …

NCDRC Awards Rs. 1.77 crore Against Kolkata Doctors for Anuradha’s death: Dr. Saha To Challenge The Judgment In the Supreme Court For Enhancement

The National Consumers Forum (NCDRC) has finally delivered a judgment in Anuradha Saha’s wrongful death case awarding a total of Rs. 1 crore 77 lakh 87 thousand 5 hundred rupees against three Kolkata doctors and AMRI hospital in Kolkata (see the judgment below).  While this is by far the highest compensation in a medical negligence …

Anuradha Saha Wrongful Death Case Judgment To Be Delivered By The National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) On October 21, 2011

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has announced that the final judgment of the historic Anuradha Saha’s wrongful death case will be delivered on Friday (October 21, 2011).  The NCDRC will declare the quantum of compensation to be paid by three top Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder and Balaram Prasad) and Advanced Medicare …

Supreme Court Judge who Posed Major Obstacle for the Victims of “Medical Negligence” Now Attacks the Media

Supreme Court justice Markandey Katju delivered a judgment in 2009 while dismissing a case of “medical negligence” in Martin D’Souza v. Mohd. Ishfaq (2009 SCC 3, 1) that has since been used extensively by the lower courts across India for rejection of complaints against doctors.  Justice Katju (and his associate justice) stipulated in this judgment …

HIV Infection Of Children Through Contaminated Blood Transfusion: PBT Urges World Bank And Indian Government To Act

At least 23 children with Thalassemia contracted the deadly AIDS virus through blood transfusion in Gujarat last month.  Although the incidence made a huge public outcry, Indian government has already put the matter into oblivion like many similar episodes in the past.  In order to protest this horrific incidence and bring justice to the innocent …

Cancellation of Licence for Organ Transplantation from Fortis Hospital in Bangalore: PBT Welcomes the Decision and Demands Immediate Cancellation of Licences of the Guilty Doctors

In a historic decision against the influential corporate hospitals in India, government has canceled the licence of Fortis Hospital in Bangalore following the illicit transplantation of pancreas that eventually resulted in untimely death of Seema Rai, wife of Retd. Major Pankaj Rai (see the news link below).  Seema died in 2010 from “septic shock” following …

Inspired By PBT, Victim of Medical Negligence Moves Criminal Case Against Errant Doctor In Lucknow

Sudhir Srivastava, an executive in the Axis Bank, found himself in a dark tunnel with three young children after losing his young wife from alleged gross medical negligence by a self-acclaimed top orthopedic surgeon in Lucknow, Dr. Vipul Shah. His wife went to Dr. Shah with ordinary joint pain but ended up dead after the …

Calcutta High Court Judge Lashes Out At PBT President, Releases License Cancellation Case

Calcutta High Court Judge, Jayanta Biswas, has released the writ petitions filed by the two doctors against the MCI’s direction to cancel their medical registrations (for causing wrongful death of Anuradha Saha) in response to a complaint filed by Anuradha’s husband and PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha.  On July 5, 2011, Justice Biswas granted a …

Kolkata Court Criminally Indicts 17 Doctor-members of West Bengal Medical Council For Criminal Conspiracy And Shielding Doctors Responsible For Death of Anuradha Saha

In a historic decision for the first time in the annals of Indian medico-legal history, a criminal trial court in Kolkata has held 17 members of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) including its last president, Dr. Ashok Chowdhury, prima facie guilty under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 120B (for “criminal conspiracy”) as well as …

Historic Criminal Case Against Retired HC Judge Dismissed: PBT President Vows To Move The Upper Court

An unprecedented case for criminal defamation (under IPC Section 500) filed against retired Calcutta High Court justice, Gora Chand Dey, was dismissed by the lower Bankshall court in Kolkata on Wednesday (Aug. 10).  PBT President, Dr. Kunal Saha, filed this defamation suit against the retired judge who acquitted in 2004, while sitting as a high …

PBT Fights For Poor Father In His Quest For Justice 5 Years After Death Of 16-year Old Son From Medical Negligence

Anwar Ali, a poor laundry businessman in Nadia, about 100 km from Kolkata, lost his only son from a simple bout of diarrhea due to gross medical negligence by two doctors, Hiren Mukherjee and K.P. Biswas, at the Saktinagar Hospital almost 5 years ago.  He has been running everywhere in search of justice.  A criminal …

Hearing In Anuradha Saha Death Case Ends: Final Judgment On Compensation Awaited

The more than 2-week long “final argument” on the amount of compensation to be paid by the three doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder and Balaram Prasad) and Advanced Medicare Research Institute (AMRI) in Kolkata who were previously found responsible for the wrongful death of Anuradha Saha by the Supreme Court has ended.  The National Consumers …

Final Hearing In Anuradha Saha Wrongful Death Case Goes On To Third Week

The final hearing for determination of the quantum in the highest ever compensation claim for “medical negligence” in the Anuradha Saha wrongful death case will resume on Monday (July 25) after the National Consumers Forum (NCDRC) directed the respondent doctors/hospital from Kolkata on Friday to produce the “review petition” that they filed in the Supreme …

Final Argument To Determine Compensation In Anuradha Saha Wrongful Death Case Continues To Second Week

Advanced Medicare Research Institute (AMRI) Hospital and three top Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder and Balaram Prasad) were found guilty for medical negligence and causing death of US-based child psychologist and wife of PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha by the Supreme Court on August 7, 2009. The Apex Court remanded the case,seeking a compensation …

Disband And Prosecute Corrupt Members Of West Bengal Medical Council: PBT Sends Demand To Mamta Banerjee

PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, has called on West Bengal chief minister, Mamta Banerjee, to investigate the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) members for corruption and to change in the council laws to include “non-doctor” members in the council.  The WBMC has refused to cancel registrations of two senior Kolkata doctors, Sukumar Mukherjee and Baidyanath …

PBT Holds Massive Rally In Kolkata: Demands Immedicate Dissolution Of Medical Council

PBT held a massive public rally at the Metro Center in Kolkata seeking immediate intervention of Mamta Banerjee, the recently elected chief minister/health minister of West Bengal, for immediate dissolution of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) that has been riddled with corruption (see news in Dainik Jagran below).  The WBMC is brazenly shielding two …

West Bengal Medical Council President And Senior Members Resign: PBT Demands Prosecution Of The Devious Medical Leaders

Ever since its inception in Kolkata more than ten years ago, PBT has been raging battles against corruption inside the medical councils across India.  Nowhere PBT’s battle against medical corruption is more prominent than the long-drawn fight against the corrupt medical leaders in the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC).  After the Trinomul-Congress coalition recently routed …

MCI Suspends Errant Doctor Only To Reverse Its Own Decision Days Later

In a bizarre move that would undoubtedly raise more questions about fairness in the investigation of complaints against delinquent doctors by the doctor-members in the medical council, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has reversed its own decision to suspend Dr. Rakesh Verma, head of cardiology at the Safderjung Hospital, only three days after the …

PBT’s Plan for the Future: Moving Towards an Efficient and Corruption-free Healthcare Delivery System in India

Over the past several years, PBT as an organization has made tremendous strides in fighting corruption and “medical negligence” in India. We see increasing momentum for our cause but at the same time, the breadth of issues that we need to address is also becoming quite enormous. Society at-large wants to get involved and help …

Discrimination Against NRI Doctors: Call To Mamta Banerjee To Repeal Shocking West Bengal Medical Council Rule

The newly elected chief minister of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee, has emphasized to rebuild West Bengal with the aid of non-resident Indians (NRIs) who have been virtually ostracized during the long Left-front government rule.  Mamta has set up a new “NRI Cell” to welcome the NRIs and sent an warm invitation to Bengal expatriates to …

West Bengal Medical Council Defends Negligent Doctors And Refuses To Cancel Their Licenses

The Medical Council of India (MCI) found two senior Kolkata doctors, Sukumar Mukherjee and Baidyanath Halder, guilty for causing the death of Anuradha Saha and directed the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) last week to cancel their registrations for a period of three months.  The WBMC has refused to cancel the licenses of these two …

Karnataka Lokayukta Holds Fortis Hospital Guilty For Medical Negligence: Scathing Indictment Also For The Investigation Committee

The Karnataka Lokayukta has held the Fortis Hospital in Bangalore guilty for violating the Human Transplantation Act, 1994 and embarking on transplantation of a pancreas without “informed consent” that eventually caused death of a patient in a historic judgment that may have important implications on the reckless use of organ transplantation by the major hospitals …

PBT Celebrates “Patients’ Day” In Kolkata: Call To Disband Corrupt Medical Councils

“Patients’ Day” (Rogi Divas) was celebrated by PBT on Saturday (May 28) in Kolkata at the Calcutta Press Club.  “Patients’ Day” has been commemorated since 2004 every year on May 28, the death anniversary of Anuradha Saha, to spread public awareness about healthcare and to help the victims of medical negligence (See news reports below).  …

Anuradha Death Case: West Bengal Medical Council and Guilty Kolkata Doctors Deny Any Knowledge of MCI’s Disciplinary Action

In a bizarre development, both the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) and Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder who were found guilty for medical negligence causing death of Anuradha Saha have claimed that they are unaware of the action taken by the Medical Council of India (MCI) that has directed to cancel both doctors’ …

MCI Cancels Registrations Of Top Kolkata Doctors For Anuradha’s Death: Dubious Role of West Bengal Medical Council Exposed

In a historic decision that may have far-reaching consequences in medical negligence cases in India, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has informed today that medical license of two top Kolkata doctors, senior medicine specialist Sukumar Mukherjee and veteran dermatologist Baidyanath Halder, will be canceled for professional misconduct and causing death of Anuradha Saha, wife …

MCI Gives “Final Opportunity” To Dr. Ketan Desai: Moves “Higher Judicial Forum” Against the Gujarat Medical Council For Non-compliance Of Previous Order

In another new twist to the ongoing saga of involving the disgraced ex-MCI chief, Dr. Ketan Desai, in an email to PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha (who lodged an appeal seeking cancellation of Dr. Desai’s medical license), Dr. Reena Nayyar, MCI deputy secretary has informed that the Ethics Committee has given a “final opportunity” to …

Questions Raised About The New “Board of Governors” (BOG) Members In The MCI

While the health ministry has made an abrupt and complete change in the MCI “Board of Governors” (BOG) that has the absolute power to control medical education and practice of medicine in India, serious questions of improper ethical conduct and possible conflict of interest have surfaced against some of the new members including the BOG …

MCI Adjourns Ketan Desai Case and Contines to Delay Punishment for the Two Doctors Responsible for the Death of Anuradha Saha

In another frustrating hearing episode at the Medical Council of India (MCI) on Tuesday (May 10), the Ethics Committee decided to adjourn the case filed by PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha against the disgraced ex-chief of the MCI, Dr. Ketan Desai.  Desai’s attorney had sought the adjournment on the ground that Desai also had to …

PBT Condemns “Doctors’ Strike” in West Bengal: Demands Immediate Cancellation of License of the Striking Doctors

Junior doctors at the Burdwan Medical College & Hospital, 100 km from Kolkata, started a “strike” on Wednesday (May 4) demanding extra security crippling the medical services in this major government hospital.  While the “doctors’ strike” was called off on Thursday after assurance from the authority, numerous patients suffered and some patients died from lack …

MCI Finds Max Hospital Doctors Guilty: Will They Deliver Equitable Justice Now?

Nitika Manchanda died from gross medical negligence following delivery of a baby after doctors in the the well-known Max Hospital in Pitampura, New Delhi simply ignored her complaint of severe pain in the abdomen.  After Delhi Medical Council dismissed her hapless father, Suraj Manchanda’s earnest plea to cancel the license of the guilty doctors, the Medical Council of India (MCI) found 4 …

Foreign Expert’s Testimony via Internet Ends: Anuradha Saha Death Case Awaits Final Argument And Verdict

After a week-long testimony by renowned US-based Economist, Prof. John Burke, the first-ever recording of opinions of a foreign expert using high-speed Internet in Indian medico-legal history ended on Monday (May 2, 2011).  Prof. Burke expressed opinion in support of the highest compensation in Indian medical history (Rs. 78 crore plus applicable interests since 1998) claimed by Dr. Kunal …

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 …

Supreme Court Issues Notice Against Ketan Desai’s Election in Gujarat Univ. Senate

 In a major development that would have important implications on future of healthcare in India, the Supreme Court division bench of Justices Mr. G.S. Singhvi and Mr. A.K. Ganguly has admitted PBT’s appeal today (March 28, 2011) challenging Gujarat High Court’s dismissal of our PIL last December and issued notices to Dr. Ketan Desai and Gujarat …

West Bengal Medical Council Stalls Election: No Funds from State Government

In a shocking revelation, Mr. D.K. Ghosh, Registrar of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) has informed PBT president that although election to form a new Council should have occurred last year, this election is “stalled due to non-receipt of adequate fund from the State Government” (see Mr. Ghosh’s letter below). Thus, the present members …

PBT Launches Massive Campaign to Uncover Corrupt Practices in the MCI and State Medical Councils

PBT has started a massive campaign to unravel corruption and stop deliberate protection of the negligent doctors by the doctor-only members in the Medical Council of India (MCI) and state medical councils across India. It is a common knowledge today that the medical councils primarily function to shield their errant medical colleagues without caring for the …

Election in West Bengal Medical Council: Appeal to All Registered Doctors In West Bengal

The West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) is responsible for the acute loss of public trust on doctors in the state. Unfortunately, most registered doctors never voted or have any knowledge about Council’s election allowing only a handful of politically-motivated medicos manipulate the Council, damaging the goodwill of all doctors. The WBMC will soon hold election …

No More Doctors’ Strike “Under Any Circumstances”: Delhi Medical Council

In a histroic order that may have far-reaching consequences on improving the standard of healthcare in India, Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has declared that doctors cannot resort to strike “under any cricumstances”. This historic order was passed by the DMC in response to PBT’s complaint against the doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi when …

PBT Appeals to Minister for Overseas Indians to Join PIL Against Dr. Ketan Desai and Stop Discrimination Against NRIs

PBT’s appeal against the Gujarat High Court’s dismissal of PIL against Dr. Ketan Desai’s election to the Gujarat University Senate will be taken up by the Supreme Court (SC) on March 28, 2011. The Gujarat HC made a clearly discriminatory observation that non-resident Indians (NRIs) have no “public interest” for people living in India and …

MCI Again Delays Ketan Desai And Anuradha Saha Cases: Charges Of Financial Irregularities Also Surface Against the “Board of Governors”

Medical Council of India (MCI) deputy secretary, Reena Nayyar, has informed that while PBT’s appeal for cancellation of Dr. Ketan Desai’s license was adjourned till April, the Ethics Committee has “reserved” judgment for punishment of the two senior Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee and Baidyanath Halder) for the wrongful death of Anuradha Saha, whose death 13 …

Why The New MCI Is Playing the Old MCI’s Dirty Game Of “Silence”?

Despite a great deal of public interests with the two major appeals pending before the Ethics Committee of the newly formed Medical Council of India (MCI) for permanent cancellation of registrations of Dr. Ketan Desai (corrupt ex-president of MCI) and Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee/Dr. Baidyanath Halder (found guilty for causing death of Anuradha Saha), the “Ethics …

PBT Moves SC Against Dr. Ketan Desai and Gujarat University: Senate Election Challenged

PBT has filed today (February 22, 2011) a special leave petition (SLP) challenging the decision by the Gujarat High Court that dismissed PBT’s PIL (seeking to stop Dr. Desai’s unlawful election to the Gujarat University Senate) in the most capricious manner on the ground that since PBT’s president (Dr. Kunal Saha) is a non-resident Indian …

SC Advances Final Hearing of Anuradha Saha Death Case

In a major development in the highest ever compensation case for “medical negligence” in India and to decide the vital question of examining “foreign experts” through videoconferencing, the Supreme Court division bench of Justices Mr. Dalveer Bhandari and Mr. Deepak Verma today (February 18, 2011) significantly advanced the final hearing of this case from 30th …

Royal College Is “Well Underway” To Cancel Dr. Ketan Desai’s FRCS

The Chief Executive of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Alison Rooney, has reassured PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, today that they are on timely schedule in their internal investigation to revoke Dr. Ketan Desai’s FRCS for his involvement with criminal activity (see Rooney’s email below). PBT lodged a complaint last year with the Royal …

MCI “Just Ignores” Complaints Against the Errant Doctors

In a shocking display of arrogance and hostile attitude towards the hapless victims of malpractice, a member of the Medical Council of India (MCI) Ethics Committee has candidly stated to “just ignore” the concerns expressed by the victims of medical/ethical negligence.  PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, wrote last week against MCI’s handling of the complaints lodged by ordinary citizens that …

License Suspension by MCI a Farce: Gujarat Medical Council Takes No Action and Closes All Cases against Dr. Ketan Desai

In a shocking display of mockery of the medical justice delivery system, the Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) has decided to close all investigations against Dr. Ketan Desai and acquitted him from all charges in a letter received by PBT yesterday (see GMC letter below). The Medical Council of India (MCI) had directed the GMC to summarily suspend …

Why MCI is Not Interested Any Longer To Punish Ketan Desai and Negligent Doctors Responsible for Anuradha Saha’s Death?

More than 3 months since the Medical Council of India (MCI) temporarily suspended medical registration of Dr. Ketan Desai following a complaint filed by the PBT, the top healthcare regulatory body seems to have lost interest to bring true justice to Desai. The MCI is also seemingly reluctant to punish the two top Kolkata doctors (Sukumar …

Gujarat HC Judgment in Ketan Desai Case: PBT to Move Appeal before the Supreme Court

The chief justice of Gujarat High Court, Mr. S.J. Mukhopadhaya, has just published the judgment dismissing PBT’s PIL against the election of Dr. Ketan Desai to the Gujart University Senate (read judgment here Gujrat HC Judgment (WP PIL 15-2010).  The HC dismissed the PIL because PBT’s president, Dr. Kunal Saha, is a non-resident Indian (NRI).  …

Governor Assures Investigation of the West Bengal Medical Council

On the occasion of the 9th Anniversary of PBT, a historic public rally was held today (Dec. 30) at Metro Channel in Kolkata where many victims of “medical negligence” attended coming from distant places. A PBT delegation met with the West Bengal Governor, Mr. M.K. Narayanan, and delivered a memorandum demanding immediate disbandment of the …

PBT To Meet WB Governor On Dec. 30: A Historic Rally To Dissmiss West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC)

A historic public rally will be held on 30th December, 2010 (Thursday) at 2 PM at the “Metro Channel” (across Metro Cinema) in Kolkata on the occasion of the 9th Anniversary of the “People for Better Treatment” (PBT). The main theme for this public rally will be a call for immediate disbandment of the West …

Strong Anti-NRI Views Expressed in Ketan Desai Case: Call To The “Overseas Indian Affairs” Minister To Intervene

The Gujarat High Court has dismissed the PIL filed by PBT challenging the dubious election of tainted ex-president of MCI, Dr. Ketan Desai, to the Gujarat University (GU) Senate. The HC has also imposed a cost of Rs. 10,000 against PBT for filing a PIL without any “public interest”.  More shockingly, the HC has dismissed the …

Gujarat HC Rejects PIL Against Criminally-indicted Ketan Desai: PBT Will Move Supreme Court

The division bench of Gujarat High Court presided by chief justice Mr. S. J. Mukhopadhaya dismissed PIL filed by the PBT challenging the illegal election of tainted ex-head of MCI, Dr. Ketan Desai to the Gujarat University Senate. The HC also imposed a cost of Rs. 10,000 because it felt that there was no “public interest” involved …

Why MCI Prefers To Do Business Behind Closed Doors?

The Ethics Committee of the newly formed Medical Council of India (MCI) deliberated on two high-profile cases on December 8, 2010.  The first case involves two “eminent” Kolkata doctors, medicine specialist Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and dermatologist Dr. Baidyanath Halder, who were already found guilty for “medical negligence” (for the death of US-based child psychologist, Anuradha Saha) by the Supreme Court while the …

Why Indian Medicos Still Backing a Criminally-indicted, De-registered and well-known Corrupt doctor Ketan Desai?

Despite repeated appeals to the Vice-chancellor, Chief Minister and Governor of Gujarat to stop Ketan Desai from assuming a post in the University Senate, they have remained absoutely silent. Even more shocking, many doctors and medical associations in Gujarat have taken the side of Ketan Desai, a criminally indicted and perhaps the most corrupt doctor in Indian medical history whose registration …

2G Scam and All Corruptions Must Be Eradicated from India

While PBT is primarily dedicated toward fighting healthcare corruption, we strongly denounce corruption everywhere in public life in India including the recent revelation of the 2G Scam. Although the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) has filed an affidavit in the Apex Court on the 2G Scam, we demand an honest and transparent investigation and exemplary punishment …

Debarred Ketan Desai elected to Gujarat University Senate: PBT Raises Strong Protest to CM and Governor

In a shocking display of backdoor politics and corruption, the tainted ex-head of MCI, Ketan Desai, was elected “uncontested” to the Gujarat University Senate in a seat for “registered medical graduates”. Ironically, Desai’s medical registration was suspended by the MCI only last month following a complaint by PBT’s president, Dr. Kunal Saha. How a debarred …

Ketan Desai: Man with No Medical License but Elected to Top Medical Post in Gujarat University

In an unthinkable development possible only in Gujarat where the tainted ex-head of MCI, Dr. Ketan Desai, still maintains total control over the medical education system, he was elected “uncontested” to the Gujarat University for a registered medical graduate seat. Only last month, the Medical Council of India (MCI) cancelled Dr. Desai’s medical registration in …

Indian Medicos are Still Under Control of Ketan Desai and His Cronies

Despite the recent scathing criminal indictment on serious charges of bribery and disproportionate assets, Dr. Ketan Desai’s “panel of doctors” managed to grab a whopping 92% votes in last week’s elections for the leadership positions in the national (Delhi) Indian Medical Association (IMA), according to published report in the Times of India (Nov. 4). This …

Royal College to Cancel Dr. Ketan Desai’s FRCS: Why Gujarat Medical Council and National IMA are Still Shielding Him?

Almost 6 months after he was caught red-handed by the CBI for taking bribe, Dr. Ketan Desai is still roaming free in Gujarat and many of his cronies (in the IMA and Gujarat Medical Council) are still trying to protect him from justice.  In fact, Dr. Desai has still remained as the president of the Gujarat …

Ketan Desai still can practice: Devious Gujarat Medical Council shielding the tainted ex-chief of MCI

The Medical Council of India (MCI) decided to suspend Dr. Ketan Desai’s right to practice medicine on October 9, 2010 as a result of an appeal from the PBT which was reported by the national and international media. Two weeks later, Dr. Desai still has his license to practice medicine because the Gujarat Medical Council …

PBT Wins Battle Against the World Medical Body:Tainted Indian Medical Don Ketan Desai is Not the President of the World Medical Association(WMA)

After forcing the Medical Council of India (MCI) to cancel the license of the corrupt and criminally indicted ex-head of MCI, Dr. Ketan Desai, PBT continued to fight the WMA leaders for remove Dr. Desai from the “president-elect” of the international medical body.  The WMA was scheduled to hand over the presidentship to Dr. Desai …

Medical Council of India (MCI) Cancels License of Dr. Ketan Desai: PBT Brings Down the Scam-tainted Ex-head of Indian Medicine

In one of the biggest achievements of PBT’s fight against corruption in healthcare, the Medical Council of India (MCI), highest regulatory body for practice of medicine, has suspended Dr. Ketan Desai’s license to practice medicine with immediate effect.  Dr. Desai has also been barred from appearing in any medical conference as a doctor.  While Dr. …

MCI has held Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder guilty for causing Anuradha’s death

MCI has already held Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder guilty for causing Anuradha’s death.  The third principal accused doctor, Dr. Abani Roychowdhury, was also found negligent by the MCI but since he passed away last year while this appeal was pending before the MCI, his name was removed from the list of parties.   …

Watch Tower: Should doctors resort to strikes?

Resident physicians in several hospitals in Jodhpur, Rajasthan started an indefinite “doctors’ strike” to protest alleged lathi-charge by the police. The regular services in government hospitals were paralyzed bringing endless miseries for the innocent patients, mostly from the impoverished section of the society who cannot afford the expensive treatment in private hospitals. And after almost …

PIL filed against the Rural Health Regulatory Authority Bill

Days after state health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra went ahead with the Rural Health Regulatory Authority Bill, a PIL was filed in Calcutta high court, challenging it. The Bill allows candidates to pursue and complete a three-year course in medicine and practise in rural areas as rural health practitioners. Despite reservations from several quarters, including …

PBT Intervenes in CBI bribery case against Dr. Ketan Desai: Demands immediate removal of Desai from the MCI

PBT has moved to intervene the CBI case against MCI president Dr. Ketan Desai. Dr. Desai was arrested last month by the CBI while taking Rs. 2 crores bribes allegedly to grant recognition of Gian Sagar Medical College, a private medical college in Patiala. PBT intervenes in the CBI case against Dr. Desai and opposed …

SC Admits a Major Case Against Negligent AP Doctors: Long-time PBT Supporter Argues His Own Case

The Supreme Court today has admitted a major case against “medical negligence” as well as against a devious move by the Medical Council of India (MCI) while staying simultaneous proceedings in the Andhra Pradesh High Court. Dr. K. Srikar Reddy, a diplomat and physician as well as long time PBT supporter, argued his own case …

Anuradha Saha Death Case hearing at the National Consumers’ Forum on Nov. 24, 2009

Although the Supreme Court of India has already found four top Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder, Abani Roychowdhury and Balaram Prasad) and AMRI-Apollo Hospital guilty for causing Anuradha Saha’s death in a historic judgment on August 7, 2009, the Apex Court sent back the case back to the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) …

Corruption in Judiciary

The Ex-chief Justice of India (CJI), KN Singh, must be applauded for his candid admission that Indian judiciary is not free from corruption. Despite impressive achievement in technology and science in the recent years, independent international studies have shown that India is still one of the most corrupt nations in the world. Although the Supreme …

Striking doctors violating their Hippocratic Oath: PBT

Junior doctors in Patna have started an indefinite “doctors’ strike” demanding a higher scale of payment for their service causing death of numerous innocent patients. While the members of the medical profession joining a “strike” to settle their personal demand against the government and in the process, disrupting the entire hospital function putting the lives …