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Patients in India demand raft of rights amid concerns about poorly regulated health sector

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l986 (Published 01 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l986

Health and patients’ rights groups have asked India’s health ministry to enforce a charter of rights that guarantees patients information, medical records, and healthcare services under prescribed standards and rates, amid concerns about a poorly regulated health sector.

The groups, joined by patients’ representatives, staged a protest and met health officials in New Delhi on 26 February demanding implementation of a “charter of rights” proposed by the National Human Rights Commission and released for public comments by the health ministry.

The charter will require doctors to provide patients adequate information about diagnosis, illness, and possible complications and respect patients’ decisions to seek a second opinion …

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