National Health Policy 2017: Reactions

The government of India announced the new National Health Policy 2017 after a draft was in circulation for over 18 months. The policy can be downloaded here and the  situation analysis here. There have been several reactions to the new policy that have been contributed to by JSA members and associated friends which have been published in different media outlets.  They are available here:

Scroll.inThe WireNewsclickDNAThe WIREDNAIJMEHindu Business LinePrajavani (Kannada); Mathrubhumi (Malayalam)

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