Several medical bodies, including the Medical Council of India (MCI), have flayed NHRC’s ongoing hearing of medical negligence cases at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) here raising questions on its legality while dubbing the entire exercise as "insignificant".
Dr Shivkumar Utture, executive member of the MCI said, "There are already four forums available to relieve the complainants grievances namely the Maharashtra Medical Council, the Consumer Court, the Civil Court and if any criminality is involved then there is police station, where complainants land to get justice."
"I fail to understand what is the need and significance of adding one more (forum) which does not have proper jurisdiction to do so," said Utture, adding that doctors and hospitals are not shying away from conducting any inquiry, but there should be a proper and substantiated methodology to weed out black sheep from the medical field.
On Wednesday, for the first time, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) along with chairpersons of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan Human Rights Commissions heard around 80 medical negligence complaints against private and government hospitals while granting compensation in some cases also.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), a national organisation of doctors, has also questioned the validity of such hearings and said it would only create confusion.