Are We McPatients For McDoctors And McHospitals?

Are doctors and hospitals solely driven by commercial motives?

One is saddened and angry reading about the untimely demise of Justice J S Verma, allegedly due to the negligence of the doctors at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. But the long-suffering common man may see a silver lining: finally, the issue of medical negligence is under the scanner. Justice Verma’s death is a wake-up call to the nation’s leading citizens, ruling class and intellectuals.

Thirty-four eminent personalities, including former Chief Justice MN Venkatachaliah, former Justice RS Sodhi, former Solicitor General Soli Sorabjee, former Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam and activist Aruna Roy, have written to the Prime Minister pledging their support for looking into the alleged negligence of Medanta Hospital. Pinning responsibility for Justice Verma’s death on and prosecuting those responsible will help send a message to the entire medical fraternity. But it will be a miracle if that makes the medical community more careful in future.

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