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India pledges legislation to improve medical services

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:981
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    India's health ministry and the Indian Medical Association have independently pledged steps to improve medical services and the relationships between doctors and patients in the country, which they both say are deteriorating.

    The health ministry said last week that it would legislate to define the minimum standards of services in medical institutions and order doctors to reregister with the Medical Council of India every five years to continue practising.

    In an almost simultaneous move, the Indian Medical Association also released a charter of patients' rights outlining how doctors and hospitals should interact with patients and deal with their grievances.

    These moves follow …

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