Supreme Court: National medical commission may form experts’ panel to decide on live broadcast of operations | India News

NEW DELHI: Should live surgeries be allowed at medical conferences? Days after the Supreme Court issued a notice to the National Medical Commission on this issue, sources told TOI the apex body for regulating medical education and medical professionals has failed to reach a consensus.
“We plan to form a committee of experts to look into the issue since there are divergent views among the members,” said an NMC official.
The SC last month sought responses within three weeks from NMC, the Centre and All-India Ophthalmological Society on a petition accusing the latter of indulging in illegal, unethical, and life-endangering live surgery broadcast (LSB), in which the surgeon interacts with audience during surgery.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Gopal Shankaranarayanan told a bench led by the CJI that the petitioner had no objection to surgeries being video recorded and then played before an audience with explanations from the surgeon for educational purposes.
Shankaranarayan also said LSB is being used for advertising and marketing purposes for the surgeon and the product. Consent of patients, especially the poor, is obtained by promising free surgery, he said.
NMC said the matter has been discussed internally. “Some members are of the view that LSB is helpful in imparting education to young professionals,” said an official.
Dr Arun Gupta, president of the Delhi Medical Council, said LSB isn’t wrong. “It is an important tool to spread knowledge about new surgical techniques. However, there should be strict regulation of such activities to ensure the patient’s well-being.”

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