Top bodies mum on ‘trendsetting’ ruling

Javed Chaudhry,former health secretary,termed the judgment as a 'trendsetting one'.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:October 25, 2013 1:04 am

The Supreme Court’s judgment drew muted reactions with most top private hospitals and even the Indian Medical Association and the Medical Council of India withholding comments citing lack of direct knowledge of the case. The unprecedented amount,though,elicited some off-record murmurs about it being “too high by Indian standards”.

Javed Chaudhry,former health secretary who termed the judgment as a “trendsetting one” said that the fact that it was under the consumer laws that Dr Saha’s fight of a quarter century was fought should be a trigger for a new law to deal with medical negligence cases.

Dr Sanjeev Bagai,paediatric nephrologist and chairman,Nephron Healthcare,said: “This judgment will go a long way in making medical science accountable. Once negligence has been conclusively proved,MCI should step in and stop these doctors from practising. The amount is unprecedented,yes,but is in line with the western philosophy of linking it with age,income of deceased,etc.”

Former director general health services Dr R K Srivastava,who is currently chairman of MCI’s board of governors,said he can’t comment as he is yet to see the judgment. IMA secretary Dr D R Rai too declined to comment.

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