On Gandhi Jayanti, nearly 100 people gathered at the Rajghat to conduct a “Patients’ Satyagraha”. Mobilised by the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and other patients’ rights groups, many of the protestors were from families of patients who had been subjected to malpractice and negligence in private hospitals.
They were able to share their stories — often shocking ones — with the media and in the process, highlighted a less-recognised infringement of human rights.
The commercialisation of India’s health sector in the last two decades has exacerbated the traditional power asymmetry between healthcare providers and patients. Health activists and doctors have pointed out that the existing codes of medical ethics are insufficient to protect patients from excessive misuse of medical power. – The Indian Express