IMA expresses concerns over patient’s rights charter to union govt

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written a letter to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) expressing their grievances over certain shortcomings in the patient’s rights charter

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The IMA has stated that while the patient’s rights charter emphasises and addresses the rights of the patients. It fails to highlight the importance of the responsibilities a patient has towards healthcare providers.

In a letter addressed to Dr Anil Kumar, Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; IMA National President, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar and R N Tandon, IMA Secretary General mentioned.

‘Ministry of Health & FamilyWelfare had published a draft of patient chapter rights and had sought comments from the public and stakeholders . The charter published by the Ministry is a portion of the already practiced document on patient rights and responsibilities which has been adopted as a part of quality improvement in hospitals by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals

But unfortunately in the current document, while the patient’s rights have been included in detail, the portions containing patients responsibilities which has equal importance in patient care have been excluded to a large extent.

It is a well-known fact that complete cooperation and responsible behaviour from the patient and caregivers is mandatory during patient care and hence it is of utmost importance that the patient responsibility part also should be properly included in the document.

We are attaching clause to clause comments on the patient rights charter published by the Ministry for your consideration and appropriate action.  We also request you hold a meeting with the Indian Medical Association before finalising the document.’