Seminar on Medical Negligence: Issues & Challenges
On 28 April, a seminar on medical negligence was organised by Department of Lawand institutional quality assurance cell (IQAC)., Dhaka International University to discuss the issues and challenges relating to clinical negligence at the ShaheedShafiur Rahman Auditorium of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association. The event was chaired by Professor A W M Abdul Huq, Dean, Faculty of Law, Dhaka International University. A M Amin Uddin, Senior Advocate and President, Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association graced the event as the Chief Guest.
Dr Aneesh V. Pillai from Kochin University of Science & Technology, the first keynote speaker, discussed the concept of medical negligence and its status quo in India. According to Dr Pillai, medical negligence in India has three sectors- civil, criminal and self-regulatory which he explained in detail. He mentioned the test of a reasonable person, the Bolam test and the Bolitho test from the British law. Dr Pillai then described the three methods of calculating compensation- lump sum, just and fair and the multiplier method. He further discussed the principles of res ipsa loquitur and vicarious liability.
The second keynote speaker Mizanur Rahman Khan from ProthomAlo discussed the current scenario, the gradual evolution and the subsequent developments of medical negligence in our country. Dr Asif Iqbal, Medical Officer, NICVD, talked about the process of diagnosis, planning of treatment, the issues concerned with available resources, the knowledge the doctors have and what can be done about this.
Barrister Khaled Hamid Chowdhury, Advocate, Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Head, LCLS, opined that rather than thinking about conflicts, we should focus on solutions. He recommended ADR or mediation between the parties to resolve the backlog of nearly four million cases in Bangladesh. He mentioned the relevant laws and opined that the laws are to be implemented in a more cordial way and the doctors are to be communicated for more effective implementation.
Advocate Amin Uddin shared his personal experiences and stated that the doctors should be more cautious because other people's lives depend on them.
The event covered by Azhar Mahmud, Contributor, Law & Justice