India does not have a specific or singular law addressing rights of patients but various existing Indian laws grant rights to individuals who approach healthcare establishments. These laws ensure that people can access medical care and receive dignified treatment. To make these rights coherent and easy to understand for the public, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the National Human Rights Commission have compiled the Charter of Patient Rights. While it is yet to be formally enacted, the rights enumerated are already available to people under existing laws.
We spoke to Anjela Taneja of Oxfam India, to understand some of these rights better, how they operate in this ongoing pandemic and what are recourses available to the people when these rights are violated. Have any questions or thoughts about the video? Let us know in the comments below.
To know more about Patient Rights in India, read this simple explainer.
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