Supreme Court on live surgery telecast: The Supreme Court on Friday heard a petition seeking a ban on live telecast of surgeries. In this case, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dhananjay Y Chandrachud has issued notice to the Central Government and National Medical Commission (NMC) and others, seeking their reply within three weeks. All concerned agencies will have to respond within stipulated time.
It was said in the petition that there is a greater risk to the lives of patients due to surgery and transmission. In view of this, it has been banned in many countries. In such a situation, there should be a ban on live telecast of surgery here also.
Petition has been filed on behalf of Rahil Chaudhary
The bench of CJI Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra is hearing this petition filed by Dr. Rahil Chaudhary and two others. It has been said in the petition that organizing live medical discussion along with live telecast of surgery and broadcasting it live across the world through the internet is wrong and it should be banned.
The lawyer gave this argument in the court
Senior advocate Gopal Shankaranarayanan, appearing for the petitioners, argued that this is just like Virat Kohli doing live commentary while playing cricket. Many countries have banned it. Because surgery requires more concentration. In a similar live demonstration at AIIMS, a person died on the operation table due to delay in surgery.
He said that this issue needs urgent consideration, as many private hospitals are commercially exploiting patients and using them as models to fulfill their ulterior motives.
Broadcasting is also being done by misleading people
He said that the surgery is being done live and many people are watching it and asking questions to the doctors performing the operation. This can divert the surgeon’s attention and put the patient’s life at risk. He also said that in some cases, hospitals get the surgery done live by offering the patient a discount in the treatment amount. The petition states that the fundamental human rights of patients cannot be subjected to the whims of any particular group.
NMC has to answer after three weeks
After hearing the arguments, the bench also issued notice to the National Medical Commission (NMC) to find out whether there is any regulatory framework to govern such cases. NMC has been given three weeks’ time for this. The next hearing will be held after three weeks
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