Medical Negligence in India: Guest Blogger Dr. Dheeraj V. Mulchandani

A fair amount of material has been written about medical negligence in the past, and it is a topic guaranteed to continue in writing in the future. Purely from the Indian perspective (since each country has its own laws), negligence is often declared via the various forms of media.

Such is the state of our governing bodies in the medical field that most cases reach the print media before they reach our regulatory agencies. A huge bias exists on both sides of the fence, with most of the medical fraternity willing to stand behind the accused, and the rest of the population siding with the media.

You may have heard this many times, but it warrants repetition. Doctors, in general, would not intentionally harm their patients simply because their entire career depends on their reputation and word-of-mouth publicity. It defies logic that they should then perform acts that would sully the very reputation that they toil so hard to build.

This, by no means, abdicates his responsibility towards errors in judgment and lack of communication skills. This, according to me, is the crux of the problem in most countries, but especially in India.

The doctor-to-patient ratio precludes a successful and unwearied hearing of ...

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