There is an alarming rise in the number of recorded cases of medical litigation. Consumers are always ready to fight out any perceived, presumed or conspired deficiency in service. Flexibility and ease provided by consumer forums to file a complaint before the consumer courts too has aided this trend. A recent survey has pointed out four reasons for the rise in medical litigation in India. These include greater consumer awareness, flexible consumer forums, cost involved in medical services, and mindset of greed and litigation among the populace. Statistics cited from the research registry, suggest that the cases of medical negligence have gone up by 400% in the last decade. The trust between patients and doctors is waning, and the high compensation too has made doctors and medical institutions wary. While there should be appropriate actions taken against negligent doctors or those who indulge in malpractices, the focus should be on better patient care. As the courts are jammed with cases of medical negligence, things have come to a stage where doctors are wary of treating complex cases lest they are charged with negligence. What is sure is that most doctors still treat their patients with care and compassion and make their best efforts to cure them. Most are also careful to save patients’ avoidable expenditure, where-ever possible. Despite this the image of the profession has taken a beating. Media has played a villain of the peace. Because of the hype created by media to boost their TRP rates, there is a increased medical litigation besides Mob attacks against doctors, since people get convinced that any Mob attack is not punished in India. People who file litigation are stimulated by Lawyers as most of the Law suits are filed, with understanding between Lawyers and clients on 50:50 ratio on the claim amount. This trend will affect patient care and lesser people will be taking medical education as career. More than one in four doctors in the early stages of their careers have signs of depression, said a study. The study claimed the grueling years of training for a medical job are to blame. That’s bad news not just for the young doctors themselves, but also for the patients they care for as depressed doctors are more likely to make mistakes and become subjects of litigation..
What has created trust deficit between doctors and patients, which is leading to rising litigation: