This appeared in theWire.in on 15 March 2017. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: While the medical community regularly (and rightfully) demands and expect protection from mob violence, is it morally justified that it looks the other way when other citizens are subjected to similar violence? Mob bullying and violence are among the most deplorable aspects… Continue reading Doctors, Academics, and Artists Bear the Brunt of Mob Violence in India: Here’s How They Can Help Each Other
This book review was published in thewire.in on Sep 4 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: One of the most important points made in this book pertains to revamping what is called the ‘Indian medical register’ and making it more useful for the common public. Not many people are aware that the… Continue reading The Role Society Plays in Perpetuating Medical Corruption
[Before we delve in, perhaps it is important to clarify that most such debates are not about whether private and public health sectors are ‘good/bad’ or necessary/unnecessary. It is implied that both are essential. The debate is more regarding which one should be the ‘model’ or the dominant system in a community; and regarding which… Continue reading Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?
The landmark Delhi High Court judgement of 8th April 2016, which bans Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani doctors from practising modern ‘allopathic’ medicine: The main contentions of the Indian Systems of Medicine (ISoM) advocates were: 1. ISoM practitioners are allowed through Delhi Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad Act 1998 (DBCP Act) to practice modern scientific system of medicine in… Continue reading Delhi HC judgement banning Ayurvedic etc doctors from practising ‘modern medicine’
This is my review of the important book ‘Dissenting Diagnosis’, which was released some weeks back. Published in India Medical Times on 17 May 2016. Here is an excerpt: There are two specific myths that this book deftly busts. First, the token defence invariably used by the likes of IMA: ‘Yes there are “black sheep”… Continue reading ‘Dissenting Diagnosis’: A Must-read Book for Medicos and Citizens Alike
An op-ed written by me, titled ‘When Hospitals Breed Illness’, appeared in the Times of India on March 31 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: Such errors are not just about doctors and nurses committing a mistake – in fact they are hardly about individuals. Research has consistently shown that unsafe healthcare… Continue reading Unsafe Medical Care and Preventable Healthcare-Related Errors in India
This part-satire fictional article was published in India Medical Times on 30 jan 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: “We have this pet phrase of ‘skilled birth attendance’. Politicians and bureaucrats naively believe that getting women give birth in hospitals instead of homes satisfies the ‘skilled birth attendance’ recommendation of the World… Continue reading Obstetric Violence, and Disrespect and Abuse of Women in India’s Hospitals
This article was published as an op-ed in the Times of India on Jan 9 2016. Here is the link: Following is an extract: The public health problem of unnecessary Caesareans has been around for some time now. But only recently, with distrust in the healthcare system increasing, have Indian patients begun questioning needless surgeries… Continue reading The Cesarean Epidemic: Let’s Make Normal Deliveries the Norm Again