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POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL LAW & ETHICS

POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL LAW & ETHICS

PGDMLE started in the academic year 1999-2000

The main objective of the Course is to bring an interlink between ‘law’ and ‘medicine’. The Course helps an interdisciplinary study between law and health and identifies specific nature of relationship that exists between a medical practitioner and his patient. The course contextualizes the constitutional dimension to ‘right to health and discusses the various international legal documents which attempts to ensure ‘right to health’ to all. Obligations of the medical professionals, the duty of care and the responsibilities of hospital administration towards the sick are highlighted. Various remedies available to patients for breach of doctor’s duty, like civil, consumer protection, criminal and professional regulatory bodies are discussed. The complex issues of ‘consent’ and ‘confidentiality’ are discussed at length to bring about better and effective compliance amongst the medical fraternity. The Course highlights the emerging issues in the field of medicine like HIV/AIDS, clinical trials, surrogate motherhood and euthanasia. The course equips a scholar in understanding of law, health and its legal system.

SUBJECTS

The subjects prescribed for the course shall be as follows:

Paper I - Introduction to Law & Legal Systems

Paper II - Law & Health – An Interphase

Paper III - Medical Professional & Patient – The Legal Relationship

Paper IV - Law & Medicine – Some Emerging Issues

Paper V - Dissertation