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AIIMS-like Institutions or Medical Education without Faculty

AIIMS-like Institutions or Medical Education without Faculty

On the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, our government, and one has to commend them for it, wants to build an AIIMS in every state. This model of central government medical institutes with direct funding from the centre has been more

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

Opinion: Journalism or Sensationalism

Opinion: Journalism or Sensationalism

Media is a very powerful force in modern societies and with this power comes an enormous responsibility. There is no shortage of systematic health issues that Indian media could highlight for the benefit of the general public. 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

Time to abandon fragmented healthcare programmes

Time to abandon fragmented healthcare programmes

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

Opinion: India needs to treble its Healthcare Budget

Opinion: India needs to treble its Healthcare Budget

A recent piece published on India Medical Times reported that medical students want the government to increase postgraduation places. It is indeed sad that students have to point out to us what is obvious and something really associations like Indian Medical Association ought to be pushing for. more

Opinion: Exit test if done right can do wonder for raising the standard of medical education in India

Opinion: Exit test if done right can do wonder for raising the standard of medical education in India

I have long argued for a common robust exit test to raise the standards of undergraduate medical education in the country and hence the draft bill suggesting government’s desire to move ahead in this direction is welcome news. The move will have several positive offshoots. more

Opinion: For how long, health journalists will continue to practise armchair journalism?

Opinion: For how long, health journalists will continue to practise armchair journalism?

We often talk about unethical practices in the medical world but it would be impossible to cleanse the inept and corrupt system without examining its enablers. In this sense, a digital, cash-sparse economy would help and despite widespread criticism of the government move, I think it is necessary pain that we must go through and we should probably go even further. But we have already written about the effect of demonetisation on our healthcare before. Today, I would like to discuss some of the other enablers — for example, the role of the media. more

Why allowing ‘for profit’ institutions to run medical colleges is need of the hour

Why allowing ‘for profit’ institutions to run medical colleges is need of the hour

The decision of Medical Council of India (MCI) to allow “for profit” institutions to run medical colleges is timely and one that I personally feel should be commended. For a long time in India, we have left education to ill-funded state-run or charitable institutions. more

How will the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 note ban impact doctors, healthcare and medical education in India?

How will the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 note ban impact doctors, healthcare and medical education in India?

Even the most casual visitor of this column (The Antagoniser) would have noticed that we don’t shy away from stating things as we see them. We criticise governments often, and regularly, for their lack of action and bureaucrats for their lack of planning and efficiency. We admonish the average doctor to not give into the apathy as that will change nothing and we hold the so-called leadership of the medical profession accountable for the current state of the healthcare in India. more