Docs urged to maintain records of every patient

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 2 August 2019

“The relationship between patients and doctors is the key to be successful. The patient must feel confidence in the medical treatment he is receiving from the doctor,” said Justice RK Agrawal.

Pune:“There has been a steep rise in number of cases registered against doctors and direct attacks on them recently. When these cases are in court, it is mandatory for doctors to present the medical case papers of the patient. However, we observe there is less focus on documentation of patients’ records by doctors. Doctors must keep medical records of every patient intact,” said Justice Dr SM Kanitkar.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a three-day clinicolegal national conference organised in the city by Pune Obstetric and Gynecologist Association (POGA).

The event was inaugurated by Justices RK Agarwal and Dr SM Kantikar. Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India’s President Dr Nandita Palshetkar, Pune Obstetric and Gynecologist Society’s President Dr Dileep Walke while Dr Parag Biniwale, Dr Kiran Kurtkoti, Dr Kundan Ingale, Dr Manish Machave were among the dignitaries present at the occasion.

Justice Kantikar said it is a must for doctors to keep records of referral notes, discharge notes and all treatment given to patients. “The records must be crystal clear and complete. It is important for doctors to keep patience and stability in every situation,” he said.

“The relationship between patients and doctors is the key to be successful. The patient must feel confidence in the medical treatment he is receiving from the doctor,” said Justice RK Agrawal.

Dr Nandita Palshetkar said every situation must be approached with a smile. It is important to stay grounded irrespective of how successful we become in life, she added.

Dr Dileep Walke said over 450 specialists across the nation took part in the conference. “The conference witnessed panel discussions on important topics like strengthening doctor-patient relationships and preventing attacks on doctors or hospitals. Senior specialists and dignitaries including retired judges, and government officials were present,” said Dr Walke.

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