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Health Ministry released draft charter of Patients’ Rights: Details, Aim, Purpose



Health Ministry released a draft charter of Patients’ Rights: Details, Aim, Purpose

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released a draft Charter of Patients’ Rights prepared by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Health Ministry plans to implement the Charter of Patients’ Rights through State governments for the provision of proper health care by clinical establishments.

The Charter of Patients’ Rights draft is believed to act as a guidance document for Union Government and State Governments to formulate concrete mechanisms so that Patients’ Rights are given adequate protection and operational mechanisms are set up to make these rights functional and enforceable by law.

The draft charter is inspired by international charters and is guided by national level provisions with an objective of consolidating comprehensive document on patients’ rights in India.

The Charter of Patients’ Rights draft provides patients with right to emergency medical care and informed consent, right to non-discrimination, seek a second opinion and choose alternative treatment options, if available. It also includes 17 rights with description and draws upon all relevant provisions.

As there is no consolidated uniform document on patients’ rights that can be followed by all states uniformly, the Charter of Patients’ Rights draft seeks to fulfill this need.



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