Medico-Legal Guidelines for Institution-Based Healthcare in India
Saturday, 25th May, 2019
A Roundtable discussion on ‘Medico-Legal Guidelines for Institution-Based Healthcare in India’ was held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 between 10:00 am – 1:30 pm at the Ramaiah Medical College Board Room. It was organized by the Ramaiah Medical College & Hospital (RMC) and the Ramaiah Public Policy Center (RPPC). The discussion was conducted in the backdrop of absence of medico-legal guidelines for institution-based care which is adversely affecting the delivery of effective health care in India. RPPC proposed a framework for analyzing and developing comprehensive medico-legal guidelines for healthcare that can be used to analyze the gaps between the state-of-the-medico-legal guidelines/policies for institution-based care globally and in India. It was attended by representatives from medical, legal and academic fraternity from different parts of India.
The roundtable focused on the following key questions:
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the present medico-legal standards guidelines for institution-based care in India?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the present medico-legal compliance guidelines for institution-based care in India?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the medico-legal non-compliance guidelines for institution-based care in India?
- How can the standards, compliance, and non-compliance guidelines for institution-based care be reengineered to improve the outcomes of care?
The focus of the roundtable discussion was on medico-legal standards, compliance with the standards, and consequences of non-compliance. The discussion highlighted that the guidelines must be at the individual, team, and institutional provider levels and at each level, the standards must be formulated, compliance procedures specified, and the non-compliance consequences explicitly stated.