OPINIONS
Opinion: Where CM Devendra Fadnavis Went Wrong About Doctors

Opinion: Where CM Devendra Fadnavis Went Wrong About Doctors

Dr Soham D Bhaduri

The sombre darkness of Friday midnight saw a ray of hope as a few resident doctors in Maharashtra, who had been on strike since March 20th, decided to finally resume their duties. Now that the storm seems to be receding, it provides an opportunity for us to look back at how the entire situation transpired. more

Opinion: Hapless Doctors, Insensitive Judiciary

Opinion: Hapless Doctors, Insensitive Judiciary

Dr Soham D Bhaduri

I am appalled at the way the Bombay High Court on Tuesday came down on resident doctors who decided to depart on a mass leave, following the horrific episodes of violence against doctors we’ve seen in the last few days. more

Opinion: Designate me a ‘Public Servant’

Opinion: Designate me a ‘Public Servant’

Dr Neeraj Nagpal

Respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji,

Violence against doctors has assumed epidemic proportions and unfortunately it is condoned and sometimes even instigated by public officials. Leave aside the demoralizing effect, physical hurt and economic loss to the doctors, there is extreme danger to other patients admitted or being treated in the facility where such violence occurs. There have been cases of death having occurred while medical staff was involved in altercation with another patient’s relatives as happened at PGIMER recently. more

Deaths that will not count

Deaths that will not count

Dr Neeraj Nagpal

Now that the stent prices have been capped, there is an “artificial shortage” of stents in the market leading to delays in conducting angioplasties. Government, of course, has responded with threats of strict action against hoarders and profiteers who cause an artificial scarcity. This is selective socialism with more

The enduring conundrum of euthanasia

The enduring conundrum of euthanasia

Dr Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Nearly 45 years ago, as a medical student and secretary of the medical school’s Clinical Society, I had organized an all India debate on euthanasia in which students from several medical schools all over India participated. The two most notable speakers were Amit Gupta from my own institution in Kanpur (now one of the country’s top nephrologists) who spoke against legalization of euthanasia and S M H Jaffri of Hyderabad who spoke in favour of legalization. There were no concrete guidelines in those days to assist the medical profession when inevitably confronted with the situation where euthanasia appears a viable option. more

Opinion: Are doctors like commodities to be monitored with RFID tags?

Opinion: Are doctors like commodities to be monitored with RFID tags?

Prof Dr D R Nakipuria

Politicians and bureaucrats are taking on doctors for cheap popularity in public, breaking news in TV and headlines in newspapers that in Andhra Pradesh they are planning to attach RFID Tags to body of doctors, as RFID tags are put on different commodities in big malls so that nobody can steal them; on hens, chickens, goats, cows, and buffaloes in animal husbandry; and on lions, tigers, deer in forest area so that their movement can be assessed throughout 24 hours. more

Opinion: What are we congratulating?

Opinion: What are we congratulating?

Dr Neeraj Nagpal

We are doctors, not politicians; let us not make achievements out of our failures. more

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

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

Dr O P Yadava

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 Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

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

Time to abandon fragmented healthcare programmes

Time to abandon fragmented healthcare programmes

Dr Kamal Mahawar

Despite an increased overall expenditure on health, increased number of postgraduate medical seats, and development of some of the health centres in villages, this year’s union budget was full of empty rhetoric and no real strategy on the part of the government. more