A senior medical professional at a private clinic in Mumbai says he is a victim of malpractice in the private sector.
Dr Kishore Sharma is the director of the Malpractice Insurance Department (MID) at the Pune-based Medical Insurance Council of India (MICCI).
He said he was subjected to threats and harassment by people claiming to be representatives of a group called the Association of Malpractice Insurers (AMPI).
“I am not a member of the group, but am in fact a patient, so why would they take such drastic action?”
I have been in a long-term relationship with a woman, and I am now in a relationship with another woman.
Both of us have a child and our relationship is going well.
I am a doctor, so I have a right to medical advice.
But they are taking it as a threat, saying we are against their group and they are threatening to kill us.
“They are threatening us that we are a threat to their group,” Dr Sharma told NDTV.
“I went to a police station to get medical insurance and I had to give my phone number to them.
I also went to the hospital to get treatment and was also given the same number.
They are using this as a cover to threaten me and threaten the medical insurance companies.”
The police have not given me any reason for not getting medical insurance,” he said.”
In fact, they have offered me money for it, but I am refusing it because it is my rights.
“According to a recent report by the NGO the Centre for Human Rights (CHRI), about 25% of Indian doctors are under malpractice claims.
Dr Sharma said the threat was being used as a tool to harass and intimidate the doctors.”
It was a calculated act.
It was made in a very deliberate manner,” he alleged.
Dr Shantanu Bhaduri, president of the National Association of Dental Hospitals (NADH), said the problem was being exploited by the private industry and the government was in a position to do something about it.”
There are a lot of issues in the industry and there are not enough safeguards.
We are witnessing a large number of people being killed, many of them in private hospitals, and the doctors are being harassed.
“We have to make sure that we have a safe environment for doctors.
We have to protect the environment,” he told NDtv.
“This is not a situation where doctors should be in fear of their own health.
They have to live in the world.
They should be able to work in the health sector.”