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rti court decision: New Delhi: RTI overrides privacy norms of MCI in patients records: Central Information Commission
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaNEW DELHI: The provisions of Medical Council of India to protect confidentiality in patients' records cannot override statutes of Right to Information Act, Central Information Commission has held. Read more at:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46936518.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
The orders of the CIC are as under : File No.CIC/SA/A/2014/000004 56. The Commission recommends the Government of India, states and Union Territories, besides the respondent authority in this case, to take necessary steps to enforce the right to information, i.e., forcing the private hospitals to give medical records of the patients on day to day basis, because this daily disclosure will prevent undesirable practices of altering records after damage caused to patient. Forcing the private hospitals to provide daily wise medical records will also act as a check on some hospitals from resorting to extortionist, inhuman and ruthless business of prescribing unnecessary diagnostic tests, unnecessary surgical operations, caesarean deliveries, unwarranted angioplasties, inserting stents, without need, or of substandard nature, or putting low quality stent while collecting price of high quality stent, and several such malpractices amounting to medical terrorism, etc. They should not be allowed to such malpractices with all impunity and get away without any legal consequences as if there is an absolute immunity. The Government, Medical Council of India and the health regulatory has to see that licence to practice medicine will not become licence to kill and extort and come to the rescue of helpless patients. CIC_SA_A_2014_000004_T_151517.pdf
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaGURGAON: State information commissioner Urvashi Gulati has directed private hospitals to follow provisions of the right to information (RTI) act and share details of poor patients treated by them. Read at: Private hospitals asked to share info on poor patients - The Times of India
New Delhi, July 24 (PTI): The Central Information Commission has asked a health research institute to disclose details a former RAW official had sought, saying patients have a right to get their medical records from both public and private hospitals. Information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said a patient was a “consumer” under the Consumer Protection Act. “This imposes a statutory obligation not only on public authorities such as the respondents in the case but also to every hospital, public or private, to furnish the record to the patient.” Read at: Patients have right to records, says CIC
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaCHENNAI: Most government hospitals in the city have fewer ventilators than sanctioned or necessary. Several ventilators are unused as they've not been maintained, as per data obtained through an RTI application by TOI. In Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, 22 of the 50 ventilators are not working. In Government General Hospital, 19 ventilators are not working. Government Royapettah Hospital and Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital have only 13 ventilators each. Government Kilpauk Hospital did not reply to the RTI application. A ventilator is a life-saving equipment that helps a patient breathe. A hospital requires ventilators in its intensive care unit (ICU), intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU), TB ward, neonatal ICU and casualty ward. Chennai's government hospitals get about 150 critically ill patients every day, not just from the city but also from districts. Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Gasp-Ventilators-conk-off-at-government-hospitals/articleshow/36015815.cms
Tuberclosis cases and TB-related deaths have been rising in the district in the past few years, according to data provided by the district healthauthorities under the RTI Act. While 1,318 TB cases were detected in 2012, the figure shot up to 1,630 in 2013, showing an increase of nearly 25 per cent. As many as 575 cases of TB have been detected so far this year. The number of TB-related deaths has also been gradually increasingover the years. While 24 persons reportedly died due to TB in 2009, 43 TB patients died in 2013. Around 20 persons have died so far this year. Read more: In Mohali, 1,318 TB cases detected in 2012, number rose to 1,630 last year | The Indian Express