#LegallySpeaking: Medico-Legal Tip
It is mandatory to preserve the medical records of a deceased patient for a period of three years.

The Medical Council of India's "CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS REGULATIONS, 2002" has laid down certain professional conduct, etiquette and ethics to be followed by a practicing doctor.

The section 1.3 which is for the maintenance of medical records states that, "...Every physician shall maintain the medical records pertaining to his / her indoor patients for a period of 3 years from the date of commencement of the treatment in a standard proforma laid down by the Medical Council of India..."

The standard medical record format given by the MCI has been attached below.

Source: https://www.mciindia.org/CMS/rules-regulations/code-of-medical-ethics-regulations-2002

Note: The objective of the #LegallySpeaking initiative is to spread awareness about the medicolegal implications of commonly encountered scenarios in a clinician's daily practice.
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