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Indian doctors may be tried in consumer courts

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1385a (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1385
  1. GANAPATI MUDUR, science writer
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that doctors can be sued for medical negligence in consumer courts set up under India's consumer protection act of 1986. The landmark judgment, delivered last week, caps the nine year old controversy over whether doctors providing medical services to patients on payment of fees can be held liable under this act.

    Responding to appeals by doctors against earlier judgments by state high courts, the Supreme Court ruled that patients aggrieved by deficiencies in medical services rendered for payment can claim damages …

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