Report of National Workshop on Informalisation of Work in the Health Sector ( April 22-23, New Delhi)

Public Services International (PSI), Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and Health Employees Union, Delhi (HEU) jointly organized a two day National level workshop on “Informalisation of Employment in the Health Sector” at Indian Social institute, New Delhi. The workshop was an effort to bring together public health activists, trade union representatives and organizations in the health sector to understand the nature and trends of informalisation of employment in the sector, to develop strategies to respond to the challenges posed by these trends and to create a platform for further joint work.

Read the workshop report here: psi-jsa-heu_workshopreport_final

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…

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…

Niti Ayog rebukes Health Ministry for not paying enough attention to role of private sector

Even a mild attempt by the Ministry of Health to suggest the primacy of public services in its draft National Health Policy receives a sharp rebuke from Niti Ayog. In a letter to the Ministry (circulated in parts of the Press a couple of weeks back), the Niti Ayog wrote: “Even though one might find it morally and ethically reprehensible – this system of two-tier care – one for those with means and a voice and the other for the voiceless and indigent will continue to exist in the short or even medium term as it would be logistically impossible to shift the majority of patient load from the private to the public sector”. Continue reading