Medical negligence laws and patient safety in Bangladesh

an analysis

Sheikh Mohammad Towhidul Karim, Mohammad Ridwan Goni, Mohammad Hasan Murad

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This paper seeks to engage with the present legal scenario that exists in connection with the laws and regulations involving medical negligence in Bangladesh. Public and private health sector of Bangladesh virtually remained unregulated since the inception of this country. We have a very weak health system and very few rules and regulations are in existence to protect the rights of the patients and to provide remedy to them in case of breach of liability. The article begins by setting the scene in relation to the basic concepts of medical negligence. Some recent stories of medical negligence are discussed with legal analysis. The existing legal framework of medical negligence is then explored before the analysis progresses to the needs for regulatory reforms towards an effective legal regime of ensuring the prevention and redress of medical negligence cases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-442
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • medical negligence
  • medical law
  • doctor's duty
  • Bangladesh

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