Families demand reform of India’s medical negligence system

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 13 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g183
  1. Mohuya Chaudhuri
  1. 1New Delhi

Families of patients exposed to medical negligence in India are calling for the inclusion of non-doctors on the bodies that review negligence cases, to ensure that their decisions are informed, unbiased, and proper.

The campaign is led by People for Better Treatment, an organisation set up by Kunal Saha. Last year Saha was awarded a record Rs115m (£1.1m; €1.4m; $1.9m) in damages in a medical negligence case concerning his wife, Anuradha, who died aged 36 at a private hospital in 1998.1 The case has prompted calls to transform the healthcare system and its practices, in the public and private sector.

Saha said, “Medical negligence is rampant in India. My fight was not only about compensation. It is …

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