Treat patients like children to avoid medical litigations

Institute of Medicine and Law released a ‘White Paper on Legal Issues in Health Care’ at a valedictory session of National Convention on Medicine & Law – 2015 in New Delhi
Treat patients like children to avoid medical litigations

The Director General, Health Services Dr. Jagdish Prasad has called upon the doctors to treat the patients in a manner in which parents look after their children to avoid unnecessary medical litigations. In this context primary health centres especially rural areas need to pay more attention.

Dr. Prasad was speaking as a chief guest after releasing a ‘White Paper on Legal Issues in Health Care’ at a valedictory session of National Convention on Medicine & Law – 2015 in New Delhi. He said that it would help in strengthening the faith among the patients towards the doctors and will also play a significant role in bringing down the increasing medical litigations in a big way.

Dr. Prasad exhorted the doctors to firstly to be true to themselves while treating their patients. He suggested the doctors to not to treat the patients in case they are not fully confident about their medical knowledge. In such case, they should consult their senior doctors and treat the patient accordingly. He said that it would save the doctors from the medical litigations.

Union Health & Family Welfare Minister, Jagat Prakash Nadda, in a message read on the occasion, stated that initiatives like this Convention are the need of the hour where various stakeholders came on a common platform and discussed legal issues of concern in the presence of the representatives of the Government and regulatory bodies and the Government also tried to explain its stand on various issues. The Health Minister further added that the recommendations of this Convention will certainly provide us the requisite inputs in dealing with legal issues relating to health care.

Director of Institute of Medicine & Law (IML) Mahendra Kumar Bajpai said that the IML provides education, information and services related to medical laws. He said that IML’s actionable content and analyses are delivered to doctors, hospitals and lawyers on multiple platforms in real time.

He said that IML is India’s foremost authority on medical laws possessing the best resources in terms of legal professionals and experts. Its detailed knowledge bank is continuously updated with the latest developments and is optimally utilized to provide medico legal solutions to the benefit of healthcare providers.

He said that IML had been conducting an annual exercise of drafting and adopting a ‘SOP on Patients Consent’ ( together with major national medical associations like IMA, ASI, FOGSI, API, IOA, IRIA, AIOS, ISA, ISCCM, and CSI among others. This SOP is today accepted as a standard, comprehensive, and legally compliant document on patients consent in India.

The Chairman, Academic Council, MCI, Dr. Vedprakash Mishra gave the keynote address pointing out that multiplicity of laws applicable to medical practice, failure of doctors to accept the changed reality, ignorance of law amongst doctors, gaps in MCI regulations especially failure to teach law at the undergraduate level and later updating practicing doctors with changes in law, were the prominent underlying reasons for the present state of affairs. Dr. Mishra further assured that MCI would seriously look into the recommendations made by the Convention and will try to act upon them in a time bound manner. Dr. Mishra also disclosed that MCI was seriously contemplating of implementing ‘structured updation’ initiatives for doctors.

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