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Need for Protocols in Public Health

The deaths in Chhattisgarh during a state-sponsored family planning camp held in November 2014 show, yet again, that the lack of checklists and an ad hoc style of functioning can and does result in disaster. This article explains the need for standardisation and protocols in key government processes and talks about the pathetic conditions in which medicines and surgical supplies are procured in public hospitals as well as the failure of state agencies to detect and prohibit sale of substandard drugs.

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This letter is in response to the article by Meeta Rajivlochan, “Improving Healthcare Services at Reduced Prices” (EPW, 3 January 2015). I am not sure if laying down standards of healthcare is practical and implementable and whether any example of the same exists in other countries. However, the...
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