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Clinical Trials: How to get things right?

Clinical Trials: How to get things right?

The issue of Clinical Trials in India has once again come to the fore with the government’s efforts to woo the mighty pharma industry. The Drug Controller General of India, Mr G N Singh, has been quoted as saying that India will soon roll out a new policy to facilitate clinical trials. It is hence important to understand what are we talking about and why we need to get it right. more

Hospital Violence – what is the way out?

Hospital Violence – what is the way out?

Doctors are at the receiving end of this growing menace. Nobody comes to their rescue during such inhuman experiences. The society in general and the government, the courts and the media, for reasons best known to them, are indifferent and at times coercive. Safety and security of doctors does not appear to be their concern or responsibility. more

Analysis of the Mental Healthcare Bill

Analysis of the Mental Healthcare Bill

The Mental Healthcare Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on the 27th of March. As as a long-term campaigner for the rights of the mentally ill, I have been asked by many colleagues to express my views on it. more

What the National Health Policy 2017 Missed — Medical College in Every District and Postgraduate Training for Every Doctor

What the National Health Policy 2017 Missed — Medical College in Every District and Postgraduate Training for Every Doctor

I welcome the announcement of National Health Policy 2017. In particular, raising public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP by 2025 is a laudable target as is the aim to spend most of the government resources on primary care. I have argued previously that we cannot modernise our healthcare whilst ignoring the primary care. Primary care facilities need to be upgraded, provided with basic diagnostic facilities and funded to be able to lure doctors and nurses to work in remote corners of the country. more

India, Save Thy Doctors!

India, Save Thy Doctors!

The last couple of days have seen several news portals stormed by the unfortunate news of a resident doctor at Civil Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra getting savagely thrashed by a patient’s kin for what, we would all agree, is a systemic issue not remotely a fault of the hapless doctor. more

What India really needs is “Health providers” and not “Disease mongers”

What India really needs is “Health providers” and not “Disease mongers”

I read with interest India Medical Times dated 16th February 2017. It was diabolical that in articles by Dr Kamal Mahawar and Dr A J Prasad we talk of holistic development of Medicine with concentration on Primary Healthcare and in the same breath an erudite brain, Dr Devi Shetty, exhorts of the government to raise postgraduate seats in Medicine. more

Opinion: Just injecting more money into the current healthcare system won’t make us more healthy

Opinion: Just injecting more money into the current healthcare system won’t make us more healthy

Dr Kamal Mahawar penned a very perceptive piece on his analysis of the Federal Budget and what we should extrapolate from it in terms of healthcare delivery in the country. He has made a careful analysis and I must compliment him for his efforts. more

A small country with a big heart

A small country with a big heart

A key to a healthy relationship between neighbouring countries is to respect each other’s concerns. The phrase “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” does not have to be read in the context of a particular political philosophy considering that Communist and Socialist thinkers are credited with its origin; it is relevant for all ideologies across countries. more

If a doctor doesn’t love humans, I don’t know who will: Dr Shubrajyoti Das

If a doctor doesn’t love humans, I don’t know who will: Dr Shubrajyoti Das

“Surgery for me has always been a metamorphosis; a realisation of the metaphorical stone blooming into life as a sculpture.” — Dr Shubrajyoti Das more

Memoirs of a doctor serving in a remote Indo-Bhutanese border village

Memoirs of a doctor serving in a remote Indo-Bhutanese border village

My excitement knew no bounds that day. As the place I was going to serve in neared, my anticipation reached its zenith. After all, I was visiting a borderland, a place of unique scenic escapades, the countryside seemed luring and there were mountains all around. Mountains where lay my calling. more