The Maharashtra government has lent its support to the efforts taken by the
medical fraternity in the state to create awareness about handwriting legibility
amongst doctors to prevent prescription errors due to sloppy writing.
Senior doctors across the state are very positive about handwriting improvement
to keep pharmaceutical malpractices and legal hassle for medical practitioners
at bay, by clearly writing, and in capital letters.
Following this, a group of doctors have written to Health Minister Suresh Shetty
about their proposed endeavour which the minister said is a good sign.
"Maharashtra Medical Council is an autonomous body and anything in the interest
of the common man will be supported by the government," he said.
The minister said the doctors told him that handwriting on prescriptions and
readability is an issue for lot of people on several occasions. Many chemists
especially in smaller towns and villages are unable to understand the prescribed
drug and due to misinterpretation an incorrect drug is administered to the
patient which a lot of times proves fatal or nearly fatal.
Also, the medical fraternity has formed a trust called MedscapeIndia, which is
constantly taking up issues and initiatives which would eradicate malpractices
and add effective communication for creating awareness.
"As doctors, all of us from Medscape India feel this is completely our
responsibility to tackle the issue by creating awareness for the same," Dr
Sunita Dube wrote to the minister this week.
She sought the government's support so that the movement could acquire momentum
to reach as many doctors across Maharashtra.
"Our efforts will be centered on to make doctors and chemists aware about the
negative aspects around illegible handwriting in order to change the same," she
"The doctors will get short workshop training at various association level or a
mandatory guideline from MMC can be issued for better visibility. We wish to put
together a handbook for doctors across which will act as a ready reckoner and
quick guide on basic things to remember," Dube added.
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