Indian doctors call for protection against patients' complaints

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1558
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian Medical Association has asked the government to amend India's consumer protection act to protect doctors from what it says are baseless and frivolous allegations of medical negligence. In a special meeting with government officials last week, the association said that the act at present is open to abuse and is damaging the relationship between doctors and patients.

    The act allows people to claim compensation for deficient services in consumer courts, which are intended to work much faster than India's civil …

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