ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By George Thomas

The Anuradha Saha Case and Medical Error in India

The Supreme Court verdict awarding almost Rs 6 crore to Kunal Saha as compensation for the death of his wife Anuradha has caused the wrong kind of disquiet in the medical fraternity. Treating Anuradha's condition required a sophisticated physical infrastructure and highly skilled medical professionals, both of which are not readily available in India, whatever the hype may say. Her death was not so much out of the negligence of doctors as out of the negligence of our society to develop a truly high-quality medical care system. The medical profession, especially doctors, must take a large share of the blame for this state of affairs. They have not been vocal in pressing the government to establish such a system.

Human Resources in Health

A close look at the major recommendations on human resources in the report of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage for India shows that most of them are timely and have been made in the right spirit. Some lacunae do exist, especially on medical education and specialisation. But the most important issue is whether the recommendations can and will be efficiently implemented to give shape to a non-competitive, high quality medical system that provides all possible preventive and curative services to every citizen in the country.

Regulation of Medical Education: Time for Radical Change

The arrest of the president of the Medical Council of India on charges of corruption and the body's dissolution have exposed the extortion racket that the regulatory body had been turned into. In its place the government has appointed a panel of doctors. However, this panel must make way for a regulatory body that will be accountable not only to the government and the medical community but also to the public at large.