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

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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HRLN receives positive order in Uttar Pradesh regarding hospital conditions

Case, Impact, Issues, Litigation, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, States, Uttar Pradesh, WORK

In December 2017, HRLN received a positive order from the High Court in Allahabad ordering a Commission comprising of advocates to visit District Hospitals in Allahabad and compile a report on the working conditions. This order followed a petition filed regarding the woefully inadequate healthcare services in several District ....
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HRLN receives positive order in Safdarjung Hospital Medical Negligence Case

Delhi, Impact, Litigation, Maternal Health, New Delhi, Quality of Care, States, WORK

In the shocking case that involved a baby, pronounced dead, handed over to the family in an envelope, and then turning out to be alive, HRLN has received a positive order from the Delhi High Court, in which Safdarjung Hospital's negligence was described as 'disturbing'. Read the full order below. [gview ....
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Interim Order given on the Right to Quality of Care in Uttar Pradesh

Case, Issues, Litigation, Quality of Care, States, Uttar Pradesh, WORK

Read the interm order on quality of care in Uttar Pradesh below. The matter will be listed on the 27th November 2017. ....
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HRLN file petition regarding non-availability of alcohol to detect TB

Issues, Litigation, Media Report, News, Quality of Care, Update, WORK

HRLN recently filed a petition on the non-availability of alcohol, which had nearly stopped the early detection of Tuberculosis through Sputum Smear Microscopy, which required alcohol to facilitate the testing.  The case was widely reported in the newspaper. Although the case is ongoing, the centre has directed the state to make ....
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