Commentary: live telecast surgery on shaky ground

Jaydeep Palep

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2011.092


In our country, patients operated on in a live surgical workshop held at government hospitals are generally unable to bear the expenses of the surgery and have come to the public facility because they have no other choice. It is wrong in this situation for the consultant under whom the patient is admitted to subject him to a surgery to be broadcast to surgeons from all over the country or the world, without any intelligent informed consent. In many cases, “informed consent” has been given but the patient, being financially weak, is actually left without a choice. How often do we see patients giving consent only because the treatment is free, including the cost of medicines and disposables. This is too good an offer to be refused.

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