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NHRC members hold discussion with patients’ rights body

Office-bearers of the National Human Rights Commission,on Saturday,held discussions with experts from medical field in Pune over the issues concerning the rights of patients.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 26, 2009 2:17:39 am

Office-bearers of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),on Saturday,held discussions with experts from medical field in Pune over the issues concerning the rights of patients. The NHRC office-bearers also said they were mulling over the formulation of guidelines on patients’ rights.

They also promised to hold public hearings over the issue across the country.

The office bearers — including secretary general Akhil Kumar Jain ,deputy secretary Y S R Murthy and member P C Sharma — paid a visit to the Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health (MIHM) located on the premises of the Sassoon General Hospital. They had come down to Pune on an invitation by the Patients’ Right Committee. The office bearers held a meeting with Dr Abhay Shukla,a member of the core group of NGO’s of NHRM,director of MIMH Dr Alka Pawar,Dr Anant Phadke of Jan Arogya Abhiyan,Poornima Chikarmane of Kagad Kach patra Kashtakari Panchyat,Tejaswi Sevekari of Saheli and others.

Dr Shukla told The Indian Express ,“We pointed out to the NHRC that there has been a rampant violation of patients’ rights. And despite framing rules on the rights,the state government has failed to implement them.”

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He said after the discussion,the NHRC declared that it would hold public hearings on this issue across the country. “They asked us to provide them with any particular instances of violation of patients’ rights. Apart from this,NHRC office-bearers said patients have every right to know about the disease they are suffering from,the diagnosis,and operation fees,” Dr Shukla said the NHRC has also decided to frame guidelines for patients’ rights.

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