MUMBAI: Institute of Medicine & Law (IML) conducted the 5th National Convention on Medicine & Law on July 05, 2020. This event is an influential and foremost meeting that discusses and deliberates on changes needed in laws relating to healthcare in India.
The convention was conducted online and streamed live to viewers, in view of the current pandemic, and was well attended by an extremely distinguished panel.
Session 1 was on “Organ Transplant in India – Legal Issues and Solutions”, and a few prominent problems, issues, and recommendations discussed therein are as follows:
Session 2 was on “Legal & Regulatory Framework for Tele-Health – The Way Forward” and a few prominent problems, issues, and recommendations discussed therein are as follows:
Dr. T N Ravishankar, ex-President, IMA Tamil Nadu was the convenor of the first session, whereas Dr. Dilip Walke, ex-President, Medico-Legal cell, FOGSI was convenor of the second session. Dr. Parag Rindani, CEO of Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central was the moderator of both the sessions.
Dr. Bhagwat Karad, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, and himself a pediatric surgeon noted that the convention has involved everybody, viz. doctors, experts in law, patient groups, and representation from other countries also.
“A doctor has done his job until such time as he has given a reasonable standard of care. As a judge whenever a case would come to me, the scales of justice would always shift in favor of the doctor” said Justice Sunil Ambwani, Former Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court, and also the Chairperson of the e-committee, Supreme Court of India.
“The nation today needs a central law on uniform determination of death, even the WHO has recommended, and many countries are following this…” was one of the key recommendations that were proposed by Mahendrakumar Bajpai, Advocate Supreme Court.
“We assure you that we will release a White Paper after this event, which will be taken to its logical conclusion by raising it to policymaker and relevant authorities,” said Mr. Sunder Rajan, CEO of Institute of Medicine & Law, to a distinguished panel of policymakers, doctors, and legal luminaries.
The recorded event can be freely accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHbjt1fF2vk
The Organ Transplant session panellists
The Patient groups were represented by Dr. Ratna Devi who is the Chair of the International Alliance of Patient Organisations, a charity based out of UK. She is also the founder of Indian Alliance of Patient Groups and the founding board member of NCD Alliance in India
The Tele-Health session panellists
Dr. Vikram Dogra, renowned Professor of Radiology, Urology, & Biomedical Engineering – Department of Imaging Science, University of Rochester, NY, USA & Founder Scientific Scholar publications a Journal publishing company. Ms. Olga Joos from CDC Foundation (US), Vital Strategies (US) and DTI Foundation (Spain) supported this event.
The Patient groups were represented by Dr. Ratna Devi who is the Chair of the International Alliance of Patient Organisations, a charity based out of UK. She is also the founder of Indian Alliance of Patient Groups and the founder board member of NCD Alliance in India
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