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Medical fraternity welcomes SC ruling on negligence

delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2010 10:54 IST
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With the Supreme Court ruling that doctors cannot be "unnecessarily harassed" due to alleged medical negligence, the medical fraternity has welcomed it saying it will allow professionals to work without stress.

"This is what we had been struggling for. The society should not create a situation where doctors are working under stress," Medical Council of India President Ketan Desai told PTI.

He asserted that no doctor will take a decision which will harm the patient as this will ruin the pratice of any medical professional.

"A doctor thrives only on the goodwill of his patients. Why he should do anything to ruin his reputation," Desai questioned.

The court said to prosecute a medical professional for negligence under criminal law it must be shown that the accused did something or failed to do something which in the given facts and circumstances no medical professional in his ordinary senses and prudence would have done or failed to do.

However, it clarified that "we should not be understood to have held that doctors can never be prosecuted for medical negligence."