Singed with hot rod to ‘cure pneumonia’- the child dies: Illogical distribution of health care


         In a heart wrenching and unfortunate incident from Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), a 2.5 month child was singed with hot iron 50 times by a quack for treatment of pneumonia.  He died and   the incident appeared in newspapers, but similar kind of  treatments must be going on at many places and  gullible patients keep on suffering .The suffering is of two types; one, that they are deprived of correct treatment and other is the tremendous suffering because of such nature of cruel practices in the garb of  treatment.    

         That brings to the fore the basic question; why such type of treatments are being practiced and allowed to be conducted in 21th century. Why people allow  and consent for such treatments by quacks?

     These incidents simply reflect that the health system has not been able to travel  the last mile and  has failed to  touch the last man.

         Most important reason for such disparity is illogical distribution of health care.  Corporatization of health care has projected medicine as a purchasable commodity and consequently resulted in an Illogical distribution of health care

 People, who can afford, spend millions in the last few days of their life, just to have only a few more days to live. Resources spent in such a futile quest are equivalent to  thousands of times the money for food and medicines for the poor who lose lives for fraction of that expense.

It seems humanity has legalized the hoarding of medical care; give it to the rich, bundled with consumerism though not necessarily the needy. It is the same as hoarding of the food that is sold to rich, letting the poor die somewhere in the world without food, which remains invisible to all.

          Another worrisome aspect of the incident is  that  avoidance of people to  seek treatment from appropriate  clinics and hospitals. Anganwadi worker was there in the village, so it was possible  to seek help from the health system. Is the mistrust and malice  generated  by media towards  doctors and  medical professionals is the reason to  avoid seeking help from them?

BHOPAL: A newborn has died after being singed more than 50 times with a red hot iron rod in a bizarre ritual to ‘cure pneumonia’ in MP’s Shahdol district. A local anganwadi worker saw this horror being inflicted upon the child by a quack and persuaded the parents to take her to a hospital, say sources. They did, but it was too late. The baby’s body was exhumed on Friday evening for post-mortem examination. Even as police were grappling with this horror, a similar case was reported in a nearby village. This infant is in hospital. Police are yet to arrest anyone in either case and it’s not yet known if the same quack, a woman, was behind singeing both babies. The Child Welfare Committee has written to police to take action under section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act, but nothing has been done. When TOI spoke with Singhpur police, they said they were taking legal opinion on how to proceed with the case. An officer said they are waiting for the autopsy report to see what charges can be pressed. The baby who died was two and a half months old and suffering from pneumonia. Her parents live in Kathotiya village, around 520km from Bhopal and close to Chhattisgarh. “The infant was ‘torched’ as a method of ‘treatment’ on January 10.” Singhpur police station in charge, MP Ahirwar told TOI. The second incident happened in Samtapur villagee. The baby’s parents deny they put the girl through the burning ritual.

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Budget outlay on medical insurance up, public health infrastructure down


       Whether it is better to buy fish for years or provide people with fishing net? This applies to public health care system in India.  Times of India analysis points out the need to build and strengthen   the public health care system. Building of infrastructure for massive population requires funds, but ultimately the investment will bring down the cost of treatment and better delivery of health care to the country.

                     NEW DELHI: The health budget is good news for the private health sector as there has been a substantial increase in allocation for health insurance schemes such as the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), treatment for CGHS pensioners and the Ayushman Bharat scheme. Government’s own data has shown that the private health sector corners the bulk of the spending under these schemes, which saw a nearly 22% jump in allocation in the 2023-24 budget.

          In contrast, the allocation for schemes aimed at improvement in public health infrastructure has declined when adjusted for inflation. These include the National Health Mission (NHM), Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PMABHIM), human resources for health and medical education and Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

The overall allocation for health after rising during Covid, has come down in real terms though it seems like an increase in nominal terms from Rs 83,000 in the budget estimates (BE) for the current year to Rs 86, 175 crore in BE 2023-24. The revised estimates (RE) for the current year indicate a 9% decline from the BE to Rs 76,370 crore. The allocation for insurance schemes, however increased substantially in RE 2022-23; more than 75% hike in allocation for CGHS pensioners from Rs 2,645 crore to Rs 4,640 crore and for the first time since the launch of Ayushman Bharat scheme, the RE is the same as the BE at Rs 6,400 crore. In the past, only about half the budgeted amount for Ayushman was getting spent. However, the allocation for all the public infrastructure schemes put together has been slashed by 16% in the RE for the current year. In comparison to the Rs 13,266 crore allocated for insurance schemes, which cover only a section of the population, about Rs 30,000 crore has been allocated for the National Health Mission and a separate Rs 6,500 crore for human resources for health and medical education, which was earlier part of the NHM budget.

         Most of the allocation for the insurance schemes usually ends up in the coffers of the private sector. Despite private hospitals accounting for only 46% of empanelled hospitals under Ayushman Bharat, for instance, they accounted for 54% of hospitals admissions and since private healthcare is more expensive, that could account for a much higher proportion of the money spent. Most CGHS beneficiaries too go to private hospitals as noted by Dr Rakesh Sarwal, who was advisor health in Niti Aayog, in a study of the scheme. Dr Sarwal stated that CGHS had a higher cost of service because of its greater reliance on private facilities. Incidentally, though the finance minister announced a mission to eliminate sickle cell anaemia, there is no separate budget line for it. Thus even the money for a totally new scheme might have to come from within the NHM budget, further eating into the allocation. The tertiary care programme, which provides for transfer to states for implementing national programmes on control of blindness, tobacco control, capacity building for trauma centres and for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, has had its allocation slashed to just Rs 290 crore, less than the actual spending of Rs 300 crore in 2020-21, and 42% less than the allocation of Rs 500 in the last budget.

The budget for the establishment and strengthening of the branches of the National Centre for Disease Control and for preparation and control of zoonotic and other neglected tropical diseases and for diseases surveillance, which had gone up during Covid, has been slashed from Rs 71.6 crore to just Rs 55.6 crore, despite the WHO asking countries to prepare for future pandemics by strengthening surveillance. Even the budget for the Indian Council for Medical Research, which played a crucial role during Covid, has been slashed along with a cut in the overall allocation for health research.

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Supreme Court simplifies  rules on passive euthanasia& Living Will


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday modified its 2018 order on passive euthanasia to make the procedure of removal of (or withholding) life support from terminally ill patients less cumbersome for the patients, their families and the doctors by limiting the role played by government officials. While the requirement of setting up two medical boards — one primary and other review — to examine the medical condition of the patient has been retained, the SC has done away with the rule mandating that the district collector set up the review board. The court said both boards will be constituted by the hospital and there would be one nominee doctor of the district medical officer in the review board. The medical boards must take a decision on such cases preferably within 48 hours, it added.

While the current rules state that the consent of the judicial magistrate is required for conducting passive euthanasia, the new order by a five-judge bench of justices K M Joseph, Ajay Rastogi, Aniruddha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy and C T Ravikumar says the magistrate just needs to be informed. While making the procedure for passive euthanasia less cumbersome, the Supreme Court on Tuesday also simplified the process of making a “living will”, an advance directive by a person wishing not to be put on artificial life support. While the earlier rule stipulated that a living will had to be made in the presence of two attesting witnesses and countersigned by the jurisdictional JMFC, the new order says such a will can be attested by notary or a gazetted rank officer. The process prescribed in2018 was onerous as it not only involved family members and doctors but also a judicial magistrate and collector as well as setting up of two medical boards before removal of life support systems and there was no prescribed time period for medical boards to give their opinion. As per 2018 guidelines, in the event a person became terminally ill with no hope of recovery, the treating physician had to ascertain the authenticity of the case from the JMFC. If the physician was satisfied, the hospital then constituted a medical board consisting of the head of the treating department and at least three expert doctors with 20 years of experience.

If the medical board certified that life support system could be removed, the hospital had to inform the collector who then had to constitute another medical board comprising the chief district medical officer and three expert doctors. If the review board allowed withdrawal of treatment, it had to convey the decision to the JMFC. The JMFC then had to visit the patient and, after examining all aspects, decide on whether the euthanasia directive could be implemented. Modifying the order, the bench said that medical practitioners with five year of experience can be part of the medical board. The court also agreed with the petition that there was no need to involve JMFC in the process of preparation of the living will. Times View: The new guidelines have been issued because the earlier guidelines were proving to be unworkable. It is good that the apex court has taken a relook on the subject. It is entirely possible that even these new guidelines may need to be revised in future. But the principle must be about making things easier for consent-givers without increasing the risk of misuse.

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Comparison of AIIMS (medical) and IIT (Engineer) graduate with 5 years invested. Do doctors deserve better salaries?


       Let us compare the start of career for medical and engineering graduates. To have a balance, comparing apples to apples, comparison of AIIMS graduates (premier institute –medical) to IIT graduates (Premier institute -Engineering) looks justified.  This goes without any need to emphasize that students selected in both are exceptionally brilliant and toppers of the country.

    Although this comparison is not a secret and everyone knows about it, but still it need an attention from a different point of view. It should be an eye opener not only to medical students or aspiring doctors but to the society as well. It projects the severe disparity to an extent of blatant injustice towards medical students.

  When engineering students after a course of  4 years  (at 21 years of age )are placed with package of 1.2 to 3.6 crores (1-4 lakh dollars), the medical students are starting with internship. Medical students still need to study for at least 5 years more (at 21 years of age ) to start earning maximum 12 -15 lakh per annum ( 15 thousand dollars). It may be raised to 24-30 lakhs (30000 dollars) per annum after 10 years, still one tenth of their contemporaries from IIT. Remember we are talking about only premier institutes, what happens to others is still a matter of luck.

   When engineering students earn crores, do jobs and get experience about the real world, medical students are worrying about the problems, which should not have been there in the first place. The common issues bogging down the medical students are trying to get into post graduate courses, inhuman duties lasting 24-48 hours, payment of unjustified fee of medical colleges, trying to fend off bond policies, court cases, bearing with assault on doctors, working in poor and inept health care infrastructure- just to name a few.  With all these problems lingering for years, doctors remain unwise in worldly matters, financially illiterate and sitting ducks for punishments due to excessive regulation and unjustified moral burden.  

      This comparison is essential to be kept in mind by aspiring doctors when they choose medical career. The respect and money associated with the hard work to be a good doctor is no more available even to the best.


   A Point to  ponder for everyone, what is the reason for such disparity?  Why doctors do not deserve better salaries? What is the need for  aspiring doctors to choose lowly  paid jobs for more hard work and more noble work? A fodder for thought for society  and administrators as well.

IIT hiring: Domestic offer hits record Rs 1.8 crore

IIT hiring: Domestic offer hits record Rs 1.8 crore

MUMBAI: After a lull in the first pandemic year, crore-plus job packages returned with a bang on premier IIT campuses. On the opening day of the season, several IITians entered the crore-plus salary club, as the highest domestic package touched an all-time high of Rs 1.8 crore and international offers crossed the Rs 2 crore mark. While Uber picked one student each from at least five IITs, including IITBombay and Madras, for a package of Rs 2.05 crore (or $274,000), one student at IIT-Roorkee received an international offer of Rs 2.15 crore ($287,550) and three others got domestic offers ranging from Rs 1.30 crore to Rs 1.8 crore. In the first slot at IITB, the highest offer after Uber came from cloud data management company Rubrik, with a Rs 90.6 lakh (or $121,000) package.  Of the domestic roles, investment management firm Millennium picked students for a package of Rs 62 lakh in the first slot, while WorldQuant offered Rs 52.7 lakh and Blackstone Rs 46.6 lakh. IIT-Madras students get 176 offers in first session on day 1 ALSO READ IIT-BHU student bags Rs 2 crore package from US company in placement . The highest numbers of domestic offers were made by Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Airbus and Bain & Company. IT/software, core engineering and consulting were the leading sectors to hire from the institute in the first slot. As many as 11 international offers were made at IIT-Madras on day one, said professor CS Shankar Ram, adviser (training and placement), IIT Madras. The institute recorded 407 offers in the first session of the placements, its best ever, including 231 PPOs. In all, 11 students received offers that crossed Rs 1 crore and of them 10 got domestic offers and 13 students signed up for an international offer, of which 12 opted for packages less than Rs 1 crore to take up jobs in Japan and Singapore.

Record Rs 3.6cr offers to 3 from Delhi, Bombay, Madras IITs for Hong Kong posting

MUMBAI: Hong Kong and Singapore seems to be the destinations where IITians are heading to this placement season, with most big-ticket offers being offered by trading firms there. Jane Street, a quantitative trading firm, has picked at least one student each from IIT-Bombay, Delhi and Kanpur for its Hong Kong office for a record package of Rs 3.6 crore. These, however, were made as pre-placement offers (PPOs) before the season kicked off on December 1. Another high-frequency trading firm Quantbox Research has made an offer of Rs 1.6 crore at multiple IITs for its Singapore office. one IIT-Bombay student, there are other PPOs that have made offers to students of close to Rs 2 crore,” said a source at IIT-B. On-campus job offers have not touched the Rs 2 crore mark. “There are several Rs 1 crore job offers and there are 15 companies with international locations, On the first day of placements, IIT-Bombay had 46 companies interviewing candidates either online or in-person. Of the 250 job offers on Day 1, more than 175 were accepted. On Day 2, a total of 48 companies were at IIT-B. The highest package so far this year domestically is Rs 1.9 crore, while there are a good number of packages from international recruiters as well.

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SC Rejects Greedy decision by Govt & Private Medical College-Fee Hike


 

    The Supreme Court set aside an Andhra Pradesh government order of 2017 prescribing a seven-fold increase in MBBS fees that made it ₹24 lakh per annum.

The Supreme Court in a judgment on Monday held that education is not a business to earn profit as it set aside an Andhra Pradesh government order of 2017 prescribing a seven-fold increase in MBBS fees that made it ₹24 lakh per annum.

Directing the private colleges to refund the amount collected in excess of the fees last fixed by the state government in 2011, a bench of justices MR Shah and Sudhanshu Dhulia said, “Education is not the business to earn profit. The tuition fee shall always be affordable.”

The order came on a petition filed by the Narayana Medical College challenging a September 2019 decision of the Andhra Pradesh high court striking down the fee increase and ordering refund to students admitted in the college since the academic year 2017-18. The apex court dismissed the petition with cost of ₹5 lakh to be borne equally by the petitioner college and state government and deposited in court within six weeks. The amount was directed for use in legal services by the Supreme Court Mediation and Conciliation Committee and the National Legal Services Authority.

The top court agreed with the conclusion made by the high court and said, “To enhance the fee to ₹24 lakh per annum, I.e., seven times more than the fee fixed earlier was not justifiable at all.” The aggrieved medical students who had to pay through their nose had said that the government order raising the fees issued on September 6, 2017 was done without awaiting the recommendation of the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC).

The bench held the order passed by the state government to be “wholly impermissible and most arbitrary”. The court even went to the extent of saying that the hike was done “only with a view to favour or oblige the private medical colleges.”

“Any enhancement of the tuition fee without the recommendation of the AFRC shall be contrary to the decision of this court in case of P.A Inamdar in 2005 and the relevant provisions of the 2006 AFRC Rules (prevailing in the state). The high court has rightly quashed and set aside the GO dated September 6, 2017.”

The students pointed out that in 2011, the tuition fee hike was introduced by the state after consulting AFRC. However, in 2019, the state acted solely on representations received from private medical colleges. Rule 4 of the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (for Professional Courses offered in Private, Unaided Professional Institutions) Rules, 2006 mandated the state to seek a prior report from AFRC before altering the fee.

This rule required AFRC to factor in the location of the institution, nature of professional course, cost of available infrastructure, expenditure on administration and maintenance, reasonable surplus required for growth and development of the institution, revenue foregone on account of waiver of fee in respect of students from reserved category or economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society.

The top court said, “Determination of fee/review of fee shall be within the parameters of the fixation rules and shall have the direct nexus on the factors mentioned in Rule 4 of the 2006 Rules…the state government enhanced the tuition fee at an exorbitant rate of ₹24 lakh per annum, almost seven times the tuition fee notified for the previous block period.”

The next question arose regarding refund as ordered by the high court in its order of September 24, 2019. The high court said that the colleges cannot take benefit of the unjust enrichment in fees that was wrongly increased. Accordingly, it asked the colleges to refund the students after adjusting the amounts payable under the earlier fee structure recommended by AFRC and issued in June 2011.

The bench upheld this part of the high court order and said, “The medical colleges are the beneficiaries of the illegal GO which is rightly set aside by the high court.” The bench was conscious of the hardships faced by students who arranged to pay the amount by obtaining loan from banks and financial institutions at high rate of interest. “The management cannot be permitted to retain the amount recovered or collected pursuant to the illegal GO,” it held.

The college told the Supreme Court that between 2011 and 2017, they incurred added expenses due to the requirement introduced in 2016 to pay stipend to students even as the fee remained unchanged since 2011. The bench told the college that this component would be compensated as and when the higher tuition fee is fixed by AFRC. However, the court did not permit the college to retain the illegally collected amount.

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India-UK FTA may tighten screws on Generic drugs. Britain doing Big Pharma Bidding?


Several international organisations working to improve people’s access to medicines have written to the UK government protesting against provisions in a proposed India-UK FTA after the chapter on intellectual property was leaked. The provisions related to pharmaceutical IP could prevent India from making affordable generics on which the National Health Service (NHS) of the UK and several other countries depend.  India’s ability to produce generics is crucial not only to the Global South but to the UK too.

Four out of five drugs used in the NHS are generics and a third of these are produced in India. So about 25% of the drugs in the NHS come from India. Between 2011 and 2016, the NHS started to experience a crisis in the amount of money it was spending on new, very expensive drugs. The amount the NHS spent rose in those years by £3.8 billion. That is more than twice the total NHS deficit at that time – £1.85 billion. The crisis was so severe that the NHS began to look for ways to save money, including importing more generics. It worked.

International non-profit calls upon calls upon India to stay vigilant and asks the U.K. to withdraw intellectual property proposals.

The proposals on intellectual property (IP) rights in the draft India-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will hurt the global supply of generic medicines, Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF) warned on Wednesday. In a press note, the international organisation said low medicine prices help save lives in vulnerable communities across the world but the intellectual property chapter of the India-U.K. FTA contains “harmful IP provisions”. The IP-related chapter, leaked on October 31, showed that the controversial provisions tabled by the U.K. to “tighten the screws on producing, supplying and exporting affordable generic medicines from India”.

“Given the disastrous consequences, this leaked IP chapter could have on the global supply of generic medicines, the U.K. government should withdraw it completely. India should stay vigilant and not allow barriers to affordable medicines to be written into FTA negotiations,” Leena Menghaney, South Asia head of MSF’s Access Campaign, said. 

U.K.-India trade talks continuing

In a “Fact Sheet”, MSF has argued that the demand for “harmonisation” of Indian patent law with the U.K.’s laws will lead to dilution of important provisions in the Indian patent system that are necessary for manufacturing generic medicines and vaccines.

“Article E.10 of the leaked IP chapter stipulates that both parties “shall not” make patent opposition proceedings available BEFORE the grant of a patent. In effect, this provision applies only to India as the U.K. does not have a pre-grant opposition system – this goes directly against the current Indian patent law, which allows patent opposition proceedings both before and after the grant of a patent,” the MSF said in its observations on the IP provisions.

MSF pointed out that under the proposals from the U.K., even treatment providers could be subjected to legal actions for prescribing generic medicines for which India is one of the largest manufacturing hubs. MSF said that the IP provisions brought up by the U.K. opened up possibilities for “excessive enforcement” that are likely to create difficulties for both Indian pharmaceutical companies as well as the legal set-up. 

MSF highlighted that another problematic provision is Article J.11 of the leaked IP chapter. Under this provision, Customs officials could block legitimate medicines from leaving India for other developing countries if a multinational pharmaceutical corporation was to claim that their patents were being infringed upon by the Indian product. “Furthermore, Article J.5 and J.7 prescribe how courts should adjudicate IP disputes, which could impact [Indian] judicial discretion,” MSF said.

A British government spokesperson said they would not comment on the “alleged leaks” and will only sign “a deal that is fair, reciprocal, and ultimately in the best interests of the British people and the economy”.

“The U.K. and India are negotiating an ambitious Free Trade Agreement that will boost our current trading relationship, already worth more than ₤24 billion last year,” the spokesperson told The Hindu.

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   Medical-Consumer protection Act- Pros and Cons

Expensive Medical College  seat- Is it worth it?

NEET- Not so Neat- percentile system

The  Myth  of  cost of  spending  on  medical  education needs to be made  transparent.

How to Reduce Social Media Addiction-Digital Minimalism


         The Demons of social media and online gaming  has rewired the people’s mind to live life and  remain in virtual world. The chaos and turmoil in the society can be linked to social media that exploits the deep wired craving of masses to know more about the “realities”. Once a curiosity  is fired, each one at social media starts feeding something or other.   In the mad game of TRP’s, clouts and engagements, these players cross ethical lines and create rifts. They literally hunt and scavenge news items that suit their narrative. They embellish it with more provocative words and share it with their name hoping to drive more engagement Conspiratorial and alarmist thinking is likely to keep people glued to social media.

     Covid-19 pandemic worsened addiction to the internet among children. The footfall at psychiatric out-patient departments in hospitals, especially those offering help to kids hooked to the net, be it for online gaming, chatting with friends or sharing videos, offers a glimpse of the problem.

Digital Minimalism- break free from “internet compulsions”

                                       
     Freedom, Cold Turkey, RescueTime, Toggl, StayFocusd, FocusMe, SelfControl, AntiSocial… They are not random words pulsed together in a blender, but names of some of the top apps that, ironically, help you stay away from your digital addictions. As Thakur said in Sholay, “loha lohe ko kaat-ta hai”, so now we need apps to stay away from apps. This farcical situation hides a deeper reality – too many of us are spending too much time online. So, amid the launch of 5G and other high-speed tech, a growing army of people doesn’t want to be addicted to social media and googling. They aspire to live frugal, almost ascetic, digital lives without completely switching off from the internet. It’s a trend called ‘digital minimalism’, and it is different from a ‘digital detox’ where you unplug completely. To illustrate, detox is what Mohityanche Vadgaon village in Maharashtra’s Sangli district does. A siren goes off at 7pm, and residents put their electronic devices away for 90 minutes. Children are encouraged to read while the older people meet and chat.

Digital minimalism, however, does not require complete withdrawal. Coined by author Cal Newport, it is a way of using technology in which you focus your online time on a few carefully selected tasks that strongly support the things you value. It advises against excessive use of gadgets.

Digital Minimalism- break free from “internet compulsions”

       Digital minimalism is based on three tenets: clutter is expensive, optimization is critical, and intention is satisfying. The objective is that the usage should be intentional and controlled for a limited period of time. And the apps mentioned above are meant to stop you from jumping from one attention-diverting push notification to another. They can block other apps from operating, create blocklists, schedule apps to run only during a specific time of the day, and alert you about the excessive time spent online.

       This philosophy is being discussed now, especially after the pandemic when people began spending more time online, adding that children aged 13-18 years have become more prone to digital addiction since the pandemic. The parents are taking their children to counsellors as they have become addicted to screens and feel isolated and tense when they have to interact with people in the real world. For them, online networking is secure and simple.” He advised gradually introducing such children to digital minimalism, to reduce their reliance and time spent on digital platforms. He also said it is critical for parents and adults to see if those who are addicted to digital devices have any anxiety issues. Because digital addiction has been observed in people who already have anxiety issues, these issues must be addressed first.  WHO has classified excessive use of the internet and mobile phones as screen addiction, and provided a set of guidelines. There is certainly a 50% increase in screen time addiction cases post-pandemic, we should be more concerned about the changes that will occur with advancements, like the metaverse.  Need to first introduce minimalistic practices, and then, in some cases, recommend mild medication to help people break free from their “internet compulsions”.

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     25 factors- why health care is expensive

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   Medical-Consumer protection Act- Pros and Cons

Expensive Medical College  seat- Is it worth it?

NEET- Not so Neat- percentile system

The  Myth  of  cost of  spending  on  medical  education needs to be made  transparent.

A Child is Born Free till he chooses to be Doctor # Rohtak-Medicos-fight-Unjust-Bonds


Choosing medical career or being a doctor  has become a struggle in present era. Aspiring doctors need to first think- why they want to be a doctor in such circumstances-enduring all kind of exploitation- from all corners of society?

    Unable to give doctors their rightful, there has been an administrators’ wish to enslave medical profession.  Arm chair preachers would just say “yes, as a doctor, they should do it as moral duty.” In a new era of  consumerism, when patient is defined as consumer and medical industry controls medical profession and the financial boundaries. All components of medical industry want their pound of flesh from hard work of doctors and nurses.  Every day routine issues turning into medico-legal hassles have put doctors in the corner, resulting in severe distraction from real point of intention-treatment of patients.

      Struggling to get admission in medical college, slogging in wards to learn and earn degrees, work in inhuman conditions, listen to endless abuses, tolerate the false media criticism, dragged in courts for alleged negligence, work with fear of physical assaults, work without proper infrastructure and manpower, endangering their own lives, exploited by medical  industry and administrators, poorly paid and  still not respected.   

The  Myth  of  cost of  spending  on  medical  education needs to be made  transparent.

MBBS  medical  students protest against Haryana Govt Bond Policy-Rohtak

Educating a doctor cost less what   medical colleges  claim- a global phenomenon.

   Instead of   often  repeated statements  about high expense on running medical college and  projecting it   as a  hard  fact, the amount spent  on  medical students by all medical colleges should be made transparent by all institutions. The  frequent  statement  is made that  cost of  making a doctor is very high and  gleefully  propagated  by  the  private medical colleges to extract millions out of  young  medical students . 

Such statements without any actual public data  is repeated  to the   extent  that  it  is  firmly  entrenched  in  public  mind without any real evidence.

      Projection of  high cost  of making a doctor  is  the  reason    with an intention  to  exploit the young doctors in various ways to get cheap labour and extract  millions from aspiring doctors  by  medical colleges.

MBBS  medical  students protest against Haryana Govt Bond Policy-Rohtak

MBBS  medical  students protest against Haryana Govt bond policy detained

In a crackdown on MBBS students protesting against Haryana government’s bond policy for government medical colleges, the Rohtak Police detained around 300 students in the early hours of Saturday and registered a First Information Report in this connection.

The police action came ahead of the visit of Governor, Chief Minister and Home Minister to PGI campus for the convocation of Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak.

He added that the students were now co-operating with the administration and a meeting was being facilitated between them and the Chief Minister soon after the convocation.

The Haryana government had come out with a policy to incentivise doctors to opt for government service in the State on November 6, 2020, saying that the candidates selected for MBBS degree course in government medical colleges need to execute an annual bond for ₹10 lakh minus the fee at the start of every academic year. The candidate can pay the entire bond amount without recourse to the loan or the State government will facilitate them for availing an education loan for this bond amount. As per the policy, the government will repay the annual instalments of the loan if the candidate obtains employment with the State government.

However, in view of the protests, the CM had three days ago announced that students need not pay the ₹10 lakh bond amount at the time of admission, but instead have to sign a bond-cum-loan agreement of the amount with the college and the bank.

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Compare Reaction to  Death of “Hundreds of healthy people” to  single “perceived negligence” in Hospital  #Morbi-Gujarat


Reaction to ‘Death’ in this  new era  of consumerism has become a story of paradox. Massive civil negligence  and 141 deaths but there are no punching bags  as are  doctors  for revenge in case of a hospitalized death.     Just Compare the media  projection, burden of negligence and accountability of  hundreds of healthy deaths by civic negligence   to the  one hospital death by disease. 

     Death is the inevitable conclusion of life, a universal destiny that all living creatures share.   Death can occur through conflict, accident, natural disaster, pandemic, violence, suicide, neglect, or disease. 

Multiple Deaths in healthy people by civic negligence:

Large numbers of death and morbidity happen amongst absolutely healthy population due to preventable causes like open manholes, drains, live electric wires, water contamination, dengue, malaria, recurring floods  etc. The number of   people dying are in hundreds and thousands, and are almost entirely of healthy people, who otherwise were not at risk of death. In fact the burden of   negligence here is massive and these deaths are unpardonable.  Timely action could have prevented these normal people from death. 

Collapse of a pedestrian bridge that killed at least 141 people. #Morbi-Gujarat.

Police in the Indian state of Gujarat have arrested nine people in connection with the collapse of a pedestrian bridge that killed at least 141 people. Four of those detained are employees of a firm contracted to maintain the bridge in the town of Morbi.

Hundreds were on the structure when it gave way, sending people screaming for help into the river below in the dark.

Hopes of finding more survivors are fading. Many children, women and elderly people are among the dead.

The 140-year-old suspension bridge – a major local tourist attraction – had been reopened only last week after being repaired.

Single  Death in Hospital due to disease:

      Reaction to single “in Hospital” medicalized death  is a paradox.   The media has instead, focused on the stray and occasional incidents of perceived alleged negligence in hospital deaths which could have occurred due to critical medical condition of patient.  However an impression is created as if the doctors have killed a healthy person. It is assumed without any investigation that it was doctor’s fault. 

     In present era, the expectation of medicalized death has come to be seen as a civic right and Doctors’ responsibility. People now have less understanding and acceptance of hospital  death. The death is more perceived as failure of medical treatment rather than an invincible power or a certain final event.

Point to ponder-Misplaced priorities:

Who is to be blamed for the deaths of healthy people which occur because of civic negligence?  Here relatives are actually  helpless and the vital questions may go unanswered .  There are no punching bags  as are  doctors  for revenge. Any stray incident of death of an already ill patient is blown out of proportion by media  forgetting the fact that thousands of patients are saved everyday by  Doctors.   

      It is time to check the  emotional reactions to single hospital death due to a disease as compared to hundreds of death  of healthy people due to civil negligence.

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Deaths due to Low Quality Medicine- Pharma Industry Needs Strict Regulation


It is  time to treat Pharmaceutical malaise.

    Take example for cough syrup related  66 deaths at Gambia or  Injection Propofol related deaths at PGI Chandigarh. If deep investigations are not done, poor quality medicines will continue to be marketed and doctors would be held responsible for the adverse reactions and deaths. Strict regulations for quality of pharmaceutical agents is need of the hour.

    Usually every problem related to health is called medical malaise, but that is a misnomer.  In fact health care comprises tens of different industries.  Complex interplay of various industries  like pharmaceutical, consumable industry and other businesses associated with  health care  remain invisible to patients. Various important components for example pharma industry, suppliers, biomedical, equipment, consumables remain largely unregulated. Collective malaise of all these is conveniently projected as medical problems  as blame is conveniently passed on to doctors, as they are only visible component of mammoth health business.  Rest all remain invisible, earn money and  doctors are blamed for the poor outcome of the patient, as doctor is the only universal link that is visible with patient. By an average application of wisdom, it is easier to blame doctors for everything that goes wrong with patient.

      Cough syrup related deaths at Gambia or  Injection Propofol related deaths at PGI Chandigarh – two examples are only a tip of the iceberg.  In routine, if patient gets fake or low quality medicines and does not get well, gets side effects, doctor will face harassment. Whereas people involved and industry will be sitting pretty and  make money.

Therefore strict administration and quality check  is required   to correct Pharma malaise. It may be a complex issue because of complexity involved in implementation and execution of policies. But recognition and beginning to think of the problem is also an important step.

Red alert over deaths after Propofol injection- PGI CHANDIGARH

WHO warns over deaths of 66 children in The Gambia (Indian Pharmaceutical Cough syrup).

WHO warns over deaths of 66 children in The Gambia (Indian Pharmaceutical Cough syrup)

The WHO has issued an alert over four cough and cold syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals in India, warning they could be linked to the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday issued a warning over four cough and cold syrups made by an Indian company, saying that they could be linked to the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia. The WHO said that the cough and cold syrups, made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals in Haryana, could be the reason for serious kidney injuries. “Please do not use them,” the WHO said in its advisory.

The four cough and cold syrups that have been linked to the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia are Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup. In a release, the WHO has said that the Indian company has not yet provided guarantees on the safety and quality of these products.

“Laboratory analysis of samples of each of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants,” the WHO said in a medical product alert. The WHO also warned that while the products had so far been found in The Gambia, they could have been distributed to other countries.

According to the WHO, diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal. Toxic effects can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death, the WHO said.

New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals declined to comment on the matter.

The World Health Organization also said that it was conducting further investigation with the company and regulatory authorities in India regarding the cough syrup linked to deaths of 66 children.

Last month, Gambia’s government said that it has also been investigating the deaths. The government statement came as a spike in cases of acute kidney injury among children under the age of five was detected in late July.

“While the contaminated products have so far only been detected in the Gambia they may have been distributed to other countries,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The WHO Director General added that WHO recommends all countries detect and remove these products from circulation to prevent further harm to patients.

Meanwhile, the DSCO has already taken up an urgent investigation into the matter with the regulatory authorities in Haryana.

Red alert  over  deaths after Propofol injection- PGI  CHANDIGARH

CHANDIGARH: Five patients had died after they were sedated before surgeries on a single day last week at PGI, prompting doctors to sound a red alert to Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO)on Propofol injection – an anesthetic given before any major surgery. In this case, the drug was taken from the chemist shop in the hospital emergency. “Following a complaint from PGI doctors, we came with a CDSCO team to collect samples. The samples have been sent to Central Drugs Laboratory, Kolkata,” said Sunil Chaudhary, senior drug control officer, UT. He said, “The suspected batch of drugs has been stopped for supply till reports are received.” Sources said test analysis will take around two-three weeks and final report will be submitted by the CDSCO team. The five patients had to undergo orthopaedic and neurosurgeries. On deliberating the cause of deaths, doctors found Propofol injection as the common thread.

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