Quality of Care

Human Rights Law Network is striving to not only guarantee access to healthcare, but to assure that said healthcare is of a high quality, and is dignified for the patient. 

All too often, we are collecting numerous reports of patients dying unnecessarily due to a lack of ambulances, hospitals operating under appalling conditions with no electricity and water, and healthcare staff acting disrespectfully and abusively towards patients. Many women reported neglecting to attend a hospital at all because they were so frightened of reports that they had heard regarding how staff members treat patients.

Many fact-findings conducted by HRLN where a mother or infant has died has concluded that the reason for the death can be contributed to negligence and malpractice by the doctor and other healthcare staff. Patients are being verbally harassed, insulted, physically beaten, made to share beds with multiple people, and sometimes imprisoned in healthcare centres when they cannot afford fees. This is a clear violation of the rights to life, freedom from discrimination, the right to health, and freedom from torture. 

HRLN is constantly conducting fact-finding missions and subsequently filing public interest litigation petitions based on findings when a poor standard of care is resulting in morbidity and mortality. It is absolutely vital that everybody receives affordable, accessible, sanitary and high quality healthcare, with no fear of disrepsect or abuse.

Quality of Care

HRLN receives positive order regarding woman who was turned away from a hospital and subsequently gave birth in an autorickshaw

Case, Delhi, Issues, Litigation, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, States, WORK

Earlier this month, Justice Vibhu Bakhru delivered a positive order in the Delhi High Court regarding a woman who was turned away from a hospital and subsequently gave birth in an autorickshaw, and was then charged a large amount of out of pocket expenditure for her delivery. Notable quotes ....
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HRLN receives positive order regarding shocking Safdarjung Hospital case where supposedly dead infant was handed over to family in an envelope

Case, Delhi, Impact, Issues, Litigation, Quality of Care, WORK

The case of Shanti Devi v Safdarjung Hospital, which has been ongoing since late October 2017, continued in the High Court of Delhi with this positive order that HRLN recently received, where Justice Vibhu Bakhru reprimanded the respondents for their appalling healthcare standards which ultimately led to the death ....
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New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: Availability of Services for Pregnant Women in Rajgarhali Tea Estate, Assam

Assam, Issues, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, Research and Fact Finding, States, WORK

In November 2017, researchers and social activists from HRLN visited the Rajgarhali Tea Estate in Tinsukia District, Assam, intending to investigate whether pregnant women and mothers were receiving their JSY entitlements. In many instances, nutrition and cash assistance was not being provided, and some women were not even aware of ....
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New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: The Functionality of Anganwadi Centers in Tinsukia District, Assam

Assam, Issues, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, Research and Fact Finding, States, WORK

In November 2017, a team of researchers and social activists from HRLN went to visit an Angwanwadi Center in Tinsukia District, Assam, and found highly disatisfactory conditions with dire consequences for women and infants. Read the full report below.  ....
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Despite Sterilization At Delhi Govt Clinic, Woman Gets Pregnant, Asks For Compensation

Delhi, Issues, Litigation, Media Report, News, Quality of Care, Safe Abortion, States, Sterilisation, WORK

A 28-year-old mother of four has moved the Delhi High Court seeking compensation from the Delhi government for the failure of a parivar seva clinic run by it to sterilise her, leading to her fourth pregnancy. The petition, which seeks implementation of the Centres Family Planning Indemnity Scheme, was listed for ....
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