Fundamentals of Medical Laws in India

This course will help the learner in improving their legal practice related to medical negligence litigation and their ability to counsel doctors and hospitals on various medico-legal situations.

Fundamentals of Medical Laws in India

Course Description

This LawSkills course on ‘Fundamentals of Medical Laws in India’ gives both the conceptual and practical application of medico-legal guidelines, medical ethics, landmark judgments and effective strategies to prevent and defend medical negligence litigation. The primary goal of this course is to help the learner think independently and become sensitive to the risks and issues that encompass the healthcare field.

Course Outcomes:
  • Medical Professionals and Administrators: Recognise medico-legal implications associated with day-to-day clinical practice
  • Medical Professionals and Administrators: Utilise the strategies to prevent and defend medical negligence litigation, effectively
  • Lawyers: Counsel doctors and hospitals on various medico-legal situations
  • Lawyers: Improve their legal practice related to medical negligence litigation in the Court
Course Details:

Target Audience

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • Hospital Administrators

  • Lawyers

  • Law Students

  • Patients

  • Stakeholders in the health care industry

You do not have to be a lawyer or doctor to take this course.

Access Timeframe

6 Months


There are no prerequisites for this course.
Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

Certificate of Achievement

Format of Certification


Professional Association/Affiliation

LawSkills & Manupatra

Method of Obtaining Certification

Learners must attempt the exam at the end of the course and secure at least 50% marks to obtain the course certificate. Upon meeting these requirements, the certificate will be printable on demand.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to medical laws
  • Legal system impacting healthcare
  • Medical ethics
  • Common issues surrounding the medical ethics
  • Unethical acts
  • Code of conduct of doctors and association of doctors in their relationship with pharmaceutical companies
  • Duties and responsibilities of physicians
  • Patient's and medical practitioner's rights
  • Doctor as an expert witness
  • MCI notification on drug prescription
  • Guidelines on medical records
  • Preservation and ownership of medical records
  • Judicial decision related to medical records
  • Principles of medical confidentiality
  • Medical confidentiality and laws
  • Guidelines on HIV testing
  • Concept of consent
  • Types of consent
  • Duty to warn a material risk
  • Medical laws and informed consent
  • Objective and procedure for taking informed consent
  • Medical negligence
  • Types of medical negligence
  • Complaint under consumer protection act
  • Landmark cases
  • Samples
  • Regulation


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