India’s first-ever “Patient & Doctor Rights Manifesto” defining the various aspects of doctor-patient relationship authored by the Mumbai-based surgeons, Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker and Dr Debraj Shome, was released to the Indian people today. Dr Vipin Checker, President of the Association of Medical Consultants – a doctor’s body representing over 11,000 medical specialists in India – formally launched the document. Dr Lalit Kapoor who is the founder of Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) provided critical inputs to this document.
The manifesto forms a part of the upcoming book “Dear People, With Love and Care, Your Doctors,” authored jointly by renowned surgeons Dr Bhasker and Dr Shome. This eagerly anticipated compilation of stories by some of the most compassionate doctors talks about some of the most touching experiences in their careers. This book is at the pre- production stage and will be globally launched in July 2019 by the renowned literary house Bloomsbury, with foreword written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Manifesto highlights the rights of both patients and doctors. It helps set the perimeter of their mutual relationship and conduct on 17 different aspects, including empathy; trust; information and communication; cost of treatment; identity and professional status; records and reports; emergency medical care; informed consent; confidentiality; second opinion; non-discrimination; safety and quality care; deficiency in service; alternative treatment options; source for obtaining drugs or tests; discharge, referral and transfers; and redressal.