The former member of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi, D.P. Shenoy, cited instances of important cases of medical negligence and related judgments at a lecture on “Medical negligence and patients' protection” held at the Interact Building here recently.
A release issued by the Manipal University here on Saturday said that Dr. Shenoy explained about the cases where medical negligence got proved and was not proved. With regard to patient care, he said that medical records were to be given to the patient within 72 hours of the request.
“Any medical treatment should be given to the patient only after the patient's consent. A patient should be briefly told about the procedure to be used. A patient has every freedom to select the doctor and get the second opinion”, he said.
With regard to the protection of the doctor, he said that a doctor could not be sued without prima facie case. There should be an opinion from expert doctor or doctors that the medical practitioner be sued had committed negligence, Dr. Shenoy added.