Medico legal conference held in Pune

Updated: May 10, 2016 11:41 AM

The conference was based on the theme of creating synergy between doctors and patients

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The conference was based on the theme of creating synergy between doctors and patients

Core India Institute of Legal Medicine and the Indian Medical Association, Pune branch recently organised a medico legal conference, ‘The Doctor Patient Synergy. The concept of the medico legal conference was based on the theme of creating synergy in the relationship between doctors and patients. With this objective in mind, interactions were organised with the highest police official of the state and judicial authorities at various levels. The two-day conference achieved success in thought provoking concepts and plan of action has been conceptualised. The audience had around 350 visitors including doctors, advocates and others. It was successful due to the active involvement of IMA office bearers, conference secretariat and CIILM executive Board members Dr Avinash Bhutkar, Dr Sanjay Patil, Dr Aarati Nimkar, Dr Padma Iyer, Dr Santosh Kakade, Dr Jayant Navarange, Dr Sanjay Gupte and Dr Bhagyashri Kakade.

The objective of this conference was to create synergy between doctors and patients. The conference dealt with a range of medico legal issues including violence against doctors, various medico legal concepts and how judiciary looks at them. The role of media and film industry in portraying images of doctors in society was also discussed during the conference.

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The first session was on ‘Violence against medical professionals and hospitals.’ Dr Sanjay Gupte, Chairman, Ethics Committee, Maharashtra Medical Council, Mumbai in his opening speech, narrated various incidences of violence against doctors and hospitals and suggested that it is the police who can help and prevent the violence. Dr Neeraj Nagpal, President, Medico legal Action Group, Chandigarh spoke on ‘Violence against medical professionals: Case Studies: Why?/How?/ When?’, Dr Sanjay Oak, Vice Chancellor, DY Patil University, Mumbai suggested that active participation and meticulous involvement of medical professionals in developing the doctor patient relationship proves to be fruitful and in the long run prevents violence. This was followed by a lecture by Dr KH Sancheti, Founder Chairman, Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Chairman of Executive Board of CIILM, Pune, Pravin Dixit, Director General of Police, Maharashtra took part in the session speaking on ‘Role of Police in violence against Medical Professionals.’

The session on ‘Law governing Medical Negligence’ had Dr Neeraj Nagpal, President, Medico legal Action Group, Chandigarh, talking about ‘Medical Negligence Indian Perspective,’ Rajyalakshmi Rao, Former Member, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi, on ‘Doctor as Consumer,’ Justice Ashok Bhangale, President, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Mumbai on ‘Consumer Protection Act and Healthcare’ and Justice MB Shah, Former Supreme Court Judge and former President, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi elaborating on ‘Evolution of Law Governing Medical Negligence.’

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The next topic was on ‘Dispute resolution in healthcare and healthcare risk management’. Dr SM Kantikar, Member, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi, spoke about ‘Prevention of Litigation,’ Adv Uday Wavikar, Advocate, Mumbai High Court and Vice President of Maharashtra Consumer Bar Association, Mumbai, on ‘Grievance Redressal System –Safety Valve in Risk Management,’ Sanjeevani Behere, Regional Manager, the New India Assurance Co.  Pune, on ‘Indemnity Insurance for Risk Management’ and Justice Mohit Shah, Former Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court, Mumbai, on ‘Dispute Resolution in Healthcare.’

The session on ‘Social Aspects of Doctor Patient Relationship’ had Dr Mohan Agashe, Actor and Psychiatrist who spoke on ‘Role of films in highlighting doctor patient relationship’. Prataprao Pawar, Chairman, Sakal Media Group, Pune, talked about ‘Outlook of print and digital media’, Dr VN Shrikhande, Senior GI Surgeon, Mumbai on ‘Reflections: Decades of Experience,’ Justice SR Bannurmath, Former Chief Justice of Kerala High Court and Chairperson, Maharashtra Human Rights Commission, Mumbai on ‘Doctor patient relationship in the eyes of human rights.’

The two-day of the conference ended on a positive note. The stalwarts in the medico legal field and those responsible for actual execution of the law, i.e., police and the judges appreciated the event.

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