Stop Medical Terrorism Campaign Launched in City

Guwahati, May 14: A nationwide movement—Stop Medical Terrorism—was formally initiated today by a group of victims of medical negligence and supporters of the cause under the platform of Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, Guwahati, demanding better health care services in India.

The first advocacy meeting to combat ‘medical terrorism’ and negligence was organised at the city based Bishnu Nirmala Auditorium, where a large number of victims of medical negligence and supporters of this movement participated and prepared a roadmap for a nationwide movement. 

“About 52 lakh medical injuries are recorded in India each year, of which around 98,000 result in fatalities. It is a matter of serious concern for the entire nation negligence every minute and more than 11 people die per hour in the country due to medical error and negligence,” said an organizer.

He said it is the eighth leading cause of death in the world. 

“Approximately 30 lakh of healthy life are lost in the country each year due to medical negligence, which is not acceptable at any cost,” he added. 

Dr Putul Mahanta, Professor of Tezpur Medical College, enumerated the growing rate of medico legal issues in the country and its root causes. 

ADGP R Chandranathan expressed his views to combat the criminal negligence of medical profession. A few victims of medical negligence and supporters of this movement shared their views on the pain, the anguish, the condemnation, the distress and the humiliation that the patients and their family members face. 

They also highlighted how people who are already helpless and in need of care are subjected to further harassment by people who should be taking care of them. 

Dr Ankuran Dutta, convener of this movement, urged the victims to support this movement by sending an SMS with the text JOIN ATRUST to 9220092200 or by giving a missed call to 02262116842. 

It was resolved in the meeting that on June 25, 2016 a nationwide protest against ‘medical terrorism’ will be organised and July 19 will be observed as ‘Anti Medical Terrorism Day’.

Source: Staff Reporter, The Sentinel, 16 May 2016.

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