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The Neoliberal Model of Institutionalised Corruption

Amit Sengupta

1st March 2018

THE healthcare sector has been consistently grabbing headlines in recent weeks. First came the reports of how two prominent private hospitals in Delhi – Max and Fortis – fleeced patients in blatant disregard of all ethical norms.  Bills were inflated with impunity and relatives were harassed even after the patient was dead. Then came private hospitals. A few days ago the National Pricing Authority of India, based on an audit of some private hospitals, the grand announcement of ‘Modicare’ in the Union budget, a plan t ...

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The Horror of Private Medical Care in India

Amit Sengupta

18th December 2017

 

Seven year old Aadhya spent the last two weeks of her life at a ‘state of the art’ private medical facility, her survival dependant on an artificial ventilator. Her brain had probably stopped functioning several days before she died, but we will never know for sure. While a young child suffered silently, for she had lost the ability to cry, Fortis hospital in Gurgaon – a corporate run Frankenstein – was busy planning how they could extract more from Aadhya’s frantic parent ...

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WHO Needs an Agenda for the Global South

Amit Sengupta

12th October 2017

 

The appointment of Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), as a deputy director general (DDG) of the World Health Organisation is a welcome development. She joins Jane Ellison of the UK as one of the two newly appointed DDGs and will be in overall charge of programmes, while Jane Ellison will be in charge of ‘corporate affairs’. The WHO elected Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia as the new director general (DG) at the World Health Assemb ...

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Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 05:59
 
Niti Aayog’s Plan to Privatise District Hospitals

Amit Sengupta

28th August 2017

 

The current BJP led government spares no effort to seek new avenues that have the potential to contribute to the profits of private enterprises. To promote such efforts a recurring policy thrust has been on privatisation of public services.  Virtually all public services – energy and water supply, transport, roads and infrastructure, education, and healthcare – are being privatised. While the government argues that private providers will bring in new investments and provide servi ...

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:40
 
Flogging a Lie to Undermine Public Healthcare

Amit Sengupta

28th August 2017


Three seemingly unconnected developments in the past weeks are emblematic of the current approach to public services in general and healthcare services in particular.

The first development pertains to the Institute for Liver and Biliary Services (ILBS), in Delhi, where workers, including nursing staff have been on ...

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:22
 
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