• Medical Profession and the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Conflicts and Controversies

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Amartya SahaPursuing B.A.LL.B (Hons)Gujarat National Law University, IndiaAnurag GuptaB.Com. LLB(Hons.)Gujarat National Law UniversityCertified Mediator & Cross Culture Business Negotiator, Bridge MediationLLC, San Diego, USA.Member, Professional Program, Institute of Company Secretaries of India.)


With the awareness in the society and the people in general gathering consciousness about their rights, measures for damages in tort, civil suits and criminal proceedings are on the augment. When it is the case in India not only civil suits are filed, the accessibility of a medium for grievance redressal under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (CPA), having jurisdiction to hear complaints against medical professionals for 'deficiency in service', has given rise to a large number of complaints against doctors, being filed by the persons feeling aggrieved. The criminal complaints are being filed against doctors alleging commission of offences punishable under Sec. 304A or Sections 336/337/338 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) alleging rashness or negligence on the part of the doctors resulting in loss of life or injury of varying degree to the patient. This has given rise to a situation of great distrust and fear among the medical profession and a legal assurance, ensuring protection from unnecessary and arbitrary complaints, is the need of the hour. The liability of medical professionals must be clearly demarcated so that they can perform their benevolent duties without any fear

MATERIAS: Medical negligence, consumer protection act, 1986