Indian Journal of Health Social Work
EFFECTS OF MEDICAL LITIGATION ON SOCIETY
Medico legal problems in India are gaining more and more importance. Society as whole is always guided by certain ethic and it is so in case of health care providers as well. Medical profession, through the ages, was believed to be the noblest one as it demands great responsibility, trust and has a unique opportunity to serve the diseased and the downtrodden and bestow upon them the light of health and peace. Doctor are now becoming subject of various litigations accountable for their dearth or adequate clinical acumen, professional misconducts and medical negligence. Patients and their relatives are now provoked by some groups of people and have joined to form a forum to fight against medical injustice shown to them. However, adequate communication with the patient party and a written patient’s consent form are definitely important3 to prevent such litigations. The social work professional with deep insight of knowledge about society and its values can play vital role in the overall solution of problems. Social work practitioners can play a vital role in analyzing the situation, improving the doctor patient relationship.
It’s a matter of great pride for me that All India Association of Medical Social Work Professionals is launching first issue of “Indian Journal of Health Social Work” on the auspicious occasion of 6th Annual National Conference of AIAMSWP, 2019.