Bilaspur Sterilisation Tragedy: A stock taking report

On 8th November 2014 a government Laparascopic Tubal Ligation (LTT) sterilisation ‘camp’ held in a private abandoned hospital in Takhatpur block in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, led to the death of thirteen women while several other women experienced serious medical complications. One year after the tragedy groups working in Chhattisgarh on health, women and legal rights, take stock of the steps / action taken by the government to provide relief to all those affected, the findings and the performance of the Judicial Commission that was set up to inquire into the violations, and the current scenario of family planning services including sterilization and women’s reproductive rights in the state. Read the full report…

Ban on FDCs: Public Health Must Prevail Over Corporate Profits

The Jan Swasthya Abhiyan compliments the Government for notifying a list of over 300 drug formulations, available as fixed‐dose combinations (FDCs) of two or more drugs, which are to be banned with immediate effect on the grounds of lack of “lack of therapeutic justification”. This is a long pending measure and needs to be followed up by further action to weed out a huge number of formulations, that should not have received marketing approval in the first place. Read JSA Press Release…

Union Budget for Healthcare: Disappointing and Directionless

The Health sector has reasons to be disappointed by the Union Budget for 2016-17 presented on 29th February. Budget provisions for healthcare indicate that the Government intends to continue with its policy of promoting ‘managed care’ where publicly provided services are progressively starved of resources and even public funded services are increasingly outsourced to the private sector. This is the principal take away from the budget provisions for health care. Read full JSA Press Statement…

Jan Swasthay Abhiyan demands Health Ministry reject IMA’s unreasonable demand to exempt accredited hospitals from CEA

Text of letter to Hon’ble Minister of Health Sri J P Nadda:

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), a network of concerned civil society groups and individuals espousing the goal of Health and Health Care for All in India have learnt through media reports that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Govt. of India is withdrawing or diluting several provisions of the proposed Clinical Establishment Act on the unethical threat of strike euphemistically called “Satyagraha” by the Indian Medical Association. We understand a delegation of the IMA met you with charter of its six demands which included exemption to accredited hospitals from registration under the Clinical Establishment Act. Media reports suggest that the Ministry of Health has since constituted an inter-ministerial committee to examine the demands placed by the IMA and the said committee has representation from the IMA. Continue reading

Statement by Medico Friends Circle on Escalating Challenges to Health in India

It is an established and accepted fact that the health of the people in a country depends on the access to a network of basic needs that includes nutritious food and health care. A conducive physical and biological environment at the place of living and work, egalitarian social relationships, emotional well being as and a peaceful social environment are all recognised determinants of health of any population.

To those of us working in the field of health, it is clear that there is a significant deterioration in the conditions needed for people’s health. Read more…