Judgments like the Supreme Court’s award of Rs. 5.96 crore to a U.S.-based doctor — payable by the Kolkata-based AMRI Hospitals and three doctors — for medical negligence are rare. While Kunal Saha succeeded in his efforts, the aam aadmi who loses his relatives to medical negligence is unlikely to succeed.
This may be due to ignorance, lack of economic support or family support, or even fear of prolonged legal hassles. This is more true when the fight is against a corporate hospital.
The Indian Medical Council should have a disciplinary wing to deal with patients’ grievances to build confidence in the medical system just as the Bar Council of India has a mechanism to deal strictly with erring advocates.