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Two feared dead after fire breaks out in Murshidabad hospital | Government open to ideas to improve surrogacy bill, says Nadda

The fire reportedly originated from an AC machine. Flames were first noticed at the first floor of the hospital near the children ward.

Two feared dead after fire breaks out in Murshidabad hospital

Berhampore (West Bengal): A fire broke out in the medicines department of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital on Saturday, killing two women (hospital ayahs). The fire reportedly originated from an AC machine. Flames were first noticed at the first floor of the hospital near the children ward.

Government open to ideas to improve surrogacy bill, says Nadda

New Delhi: Health Minister J P Nadda on Friday said the government is still open to ideas to improve the Surrogacy Bill. At the same time, provisions in the bill that would safeguard women from being exploited and surrogate children from being abandoned or abused were non-negotiable, he said.

After surrogacy, government to regulate IVF, sperm banks

New Delhi: After the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, the health ministry plans to frame regulations for in vitro fertilisation (IVF), embryo transfers and sperm banks — another set of infertility-related services. “We are aware of the way these clinics are increasing and that there is a need to regulate them. We are working in that direction,” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, secretary, department of health research.

Kidney donor’s interview was tampered with: Probe

Mumbai: The state inquiry committee probing the kidney scandal at Hiranandani Hospital has observed that the video interview of the donor was tampered with to make it sound genuine. The three-member panel also found all hospital authorisation committee (HAC) members “negligent and lackadaisical” in granting approval for the transplant.

MBBS fees double in Tamil Nadu, to now cost Rs 2 crore

Chennai: Private medical colleges and deemed universities in Tamil Nadu have increased fees for MBBS after the CBSE released the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) results on August 17. The average cost of studying at a premier medical college is now Rs 1.85 crore – upto Rs 1 crore as tuition fee and Rs 85 lakh as capitation fee.

JIPMER PG student battling depression commits suicide

Puducherry: A 25-year-old student pursuing MD (radiotherapy) at Jawaharlal Institute of postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) committed suicide by administering lethal injection in his hostel room on Friday. The deceased identified as Dr U Sumanth from Bangalore was reportedly suffering from depression after his father’s death.

Supertech enters healthcare sector, to invest Rs 300 crore in 4 hospitals

New Delhi: Real estate developer Supertech is investing Rs 100 crore to set up a 100-bed super speciality hospital at its residential Complex Cape Town in Sector 74, Noida. The company also plans to invest Rs 200 crore to build three more hospitals in its townships in the National Capital Region.

Rajya Sabha member may move privilege motion against MCI chief

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh, a member of the parliamentary standing committee on health, is likely to move a privilege motion against Dr Jayshree Mehta, president of the Medical Council of India, for suggesting that the committee had submitted its report calling for a complete restructuring of the council without giving the MCI a fair hearing.

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