Patients’ Rights Day

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Patients’ Rights Day

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Anamika Ray, a media academician, a mother of a 5 years old girl was 36 when she died at a Delhi hospital on 19 July 2015. She had been admitted for a simple operation. It got complicated and she was shifted to another hospital where she breathed her last. A family got shattered.  A brilliant career (by that that she had completed her doctorate and had made a name as a translator of fiction from Bengali to Assamese and vice versa) came to an abrupt halt because of what her husband alleged as ‘medical negligence’- a charge later proved and admitted by Delhi Medical Council. Anamika’s is not a lone case. A report says in India thousands die or suffer permanent damage because of medical negligence. Patients are looted and swindledat every step of the treatment. Read the cover story of Outlook June 19, 2017 issue to know more about the scale and modus operendi.


Most of us bear the loss and sit silently hoping someday somebody will do something about it. Or, probably the government will take notice.


Dr. Ankuran Dutta, her husband decided to fight back on behalf of all the patients. He formed a trust Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust and started a campaign for patients’’ rights and against ‘medical terrorism’. The trust decided to observe June 25, Anaika’s birthday as Patients’ Rights Day.


As a patients we have certain rights, say for example- the right to get necessary information about our medical situation, expected treatment costs, expected outcome, redressal process and our medical record within 72 hours.  We must be aware of our rights and exercise that right. Often we are browbitten or asked to rely upon the doctors. It is ok to believe but it is not wise to get cheated. With the big hospitals out to make money, they want the patients to spend more money and go for expensive procedures when cheaper and better alternatives are available.


People must be aware of their rights and there needs to be a transparent redressal system. The Trust is doing its bit for that. To know about the campaign,



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2018-02-20 07:24