Applicability Of Consumer Protection Act, 1986 To Medical And Healthcare Services: A Critical Study
By Raj Vardhan Singh, Chanakya National Law University, Patna.*
Patients did not have access to an efficient adjudicating authority until recently to have their complaints resolved. The Act of the Indian Medical Council. Section 20(A) of the 1956 law, as revised in 1964, states that the Council may designate in regulations which offences constitute misconduct. Professional misconduct of this kind is punishable by suspension or possibly removal from the doctor's medical records. Since Council members frequently play nice with their conferees, this arrangement does not have the anticipated deterrent impact. Secondly. Only at State Headquarters was the Council accessible. That makes the bulk of patients hardly accessible. In any case, the Council lacks the authority to compensate the patients for their injuries.
* The author is an LLM Candidate (Batch of 2022-23) pursuing from Chanakya National Law University, Patna.