Can A Medical Practitioner Be Sued Under The Consumer Act
I have instituted a complaint before the Consumer Court against a Medical Practitioner. My complaint has been challenged on the ground that a Medical Practitioner cannot be sued under the Consumer Act. What does law provide?
- Sector-1, Noida
- Yes, a medical practitioner can be sued under the Consumer Protection Act 1986 for his or her professional negligence resulting in damage to patient. Section 2 (d) in defining a consumer in Clause (ii) uses the expression ‘hires and avails of”. The word “hire” means employ of wages or fees”. Secondly the words “any service” in s. 2 (d) (ii) in Consumer Protection Act. A eloquent to bring the delinquent medical practitioners within the ambit of Consumer Protection Act. Thirdly, s. 2 (o), Consumer Protection Act which defines service exempts only two types of services, one “service free of charge” and another “contract of personal service” postulates a relationship of master and servant. A medical man whose service is requisitioned for a patient answers the clause ” contract of service” but never “a contract of personal service”. So, a negligent medical professional can be proceeded under the Consumer Protection Act 1986.
Answered on 28 Sep 2018
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