What legal rights and responsibilities doctors have?

What legal rights and responsibilities doctors have?

Submitted by Kumuda on Thu, 2016-06-02 13:07 Mangaluru: Medical profession and legal complications are inseparable but the doctors need to tread their line cautiously without compromising on their ethics. This necessitates the fact that the doctors need to be aware of their legal perspective to their rights and responsibilities. In this backdrop, Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) Mangaluru held a daylong continuing medical education on doctors and law at AMA house here, recently. Experts at the event focused on various issues faced by healthcare today from the perspective of both doctors and patients. They analyzed various cases and suggested measures keeping the existing legal framework as the reference. They also dwelt at length on working of medical councils, recovery of hospital bills, providing better care to rural population, violence in hospital and rising complaints of negligence against doctors. Former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde who addressed the doctors by video conferencing emphasised that unless the government funding in healthcare increases from the present 1.3 per cent by at least 10 times, providing healthcare to common man will be a mirage. He pointed out that those who get elected to Medical Council and Bar Council conveniently forget the welfare of the very people they represent. Dr Rajvir Pratap Sharma, ADGP from Bangaluru addressed the doctors and reassured that they need not be worried about frivolous complaints of negligence that reach the police. However, activist and rationalist Dr Narendra Nayak complained that when he wanted to take action against quacks, many doctors did not support him. At this AMC promised him full support for such initiatives by him in future. On the occasion, a moot court proceedings were held by advocate Shankar Bhat, Professor Maheshchandra Nayak and advocate Rammohan Jois, to highlight consumer forum proceedings.