Mumbai: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will reportedly conduct a series of public hearings to inquire into the people’s rights violations in the health sector. The move is aimed at providing relief to patients who suffer at the hands of doctors and hospitals.
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, a national network of civil society groups working on health rights, is assisting NHRC in conducting Jan Sunvaiyis, which will aid patients to put forth problems they suffer at the hands of doctors, reports DNA.
Representatives of the union health ministry, state health officials, and officials from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as well as Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) will be present at the hearings.
The first hearing will happen in Mumbai at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) on November 18 and 19. Following the western region hearings for Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Rajasthan in Mumbai, five more hearings will occur at Chennai, Raipur, Guwahati, Lucknow and Chandigarh up to March-end.
“Issues like destruction of medical records, life threatening complications in surgeries, not taking informed consent of patient before the surgeries and using patients as guinea pigs in clinical trials, exorbitant billing of patients by private hospitals, will be discussed,” Kamayani Mahabal, member, JSA, has been quoted as saying.