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Pegasus Foundation initiates programme on healthcare ethics in Karnataka

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BANGALORE, April 3

ETHICS should form an integral part of medical science and with the ever-increasing expectations of patients, personnel involved in healthcare profession should be well equipped to meet the emerging challenges of ethics and legal issues connected with it.

With this concept in mind, Pegasus Foundation, a Bangalore-based voluntary organisation, has decided to launch a programme for professionals in medical science. The endeavour has gained credence with Kuvempu University, established under the University Act, according recognition to the foundation's efforts in offering customised educational programme in healthcare ethics.

"For truly efficient functioning in the health care industry, it is imperative that all stakeholders have a sound knowledge of the requirements of the law and the ethics governing their rights and responsibilities," said Dr Kamini Rao, one of the founders of Pegasus Foundation.

With the patients' expectations increasing and bourgeoning medical litigation not only confined to consumer redressal fora but stretching to civil, criminal and consumer courts, the professionals should be equipped to face various legal and ethical challenges.

Pegasus has initiated steps to start two institutes, Institute for Healthcare Ethics, Law and Management (i4helm) and Business Law and Management School (Bizlams).

Dr Kamini Rao, who is also the former President of the National Federation of Obstetrics& Gynaecology, and Prof. Joga Rao, Director Pegasus Foundation, said that with technological advancements throwing up many issues in the medical, pharma and clinical research organisations, an upsurge in the number of medical schools and colleges and health-related educational institutions has underlined the need for meeting the ethical and legal challenges.

The proposed educational activity of the Foundation will cater to the information and educational needs of doctors, hospital administrators, nurses, lawyers, judges, law teachers, researchers and other stakeholders.

Dr Rao said a graduate diploma course with specialisation in healthcare, law and management will be offered to candidates already working as diagnostic lab assistants, nurses, paramedics and other person interested in the programme.

A post-graduate programme will be offered to doctors, medical graduates, post-graduates and specialists in different stream of medicine like dental, physiotherapy, nurses, legal, finance, health insurance personnel and hospital administrators.

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