CHENNAI: The eighth annual medico-legal review, organised by the Institute of Medicine and Law in the city on Friday, saw leading advocates dealing with medico-legal cases and doctors from corporate hospitals in the city come together and brainstorm the issues plaguing the healthcare set-up in recent times.
The panel was of a common consensus that lack of proper healthcare laws in the country has put the practitioners of medicine in a state of crisis. While in most part of the conference they were on the defensive, some of them opened up on the shortcomings of their profession.
“Doctors have long been taught only medicine. But, they have not been taught to how to talk to patients. It’s high time institutions started doing that,” Dr Mahesh Vakamudi, Chief Operating Officer, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Hospitals, one of the chief speakers in the event said, adding that faulty communication is a major issue.Inaugurating the event, legal consultant of Christian Medical College, Vellore, Samuel Abraham requested the Centre to amend health laws. He was of the opinion that appropriate laws on healthcare were not in place.