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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.

Politics of Science

One can hardly contest the assertion of Claude Alvares, “A Critique of Eurocentric Social Science and the Question of Alternatives” (EPW, 28 May 2011) that there is imperialism in academics and western views of what science is and should be are almost universally and uncritically accepted.

Not for Sale: Recovering Healthcare

Morbid Symptoms: Health under Capitalism - Socialist Register 2010 edited by Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (Delhi: LeftWord ), 2010; pp xiv + 324, Rs 350.

Replacing Science with Mystery

A critique of Laurent Pordie's arguments on therapeutic effi cacy and global health policies, and the social use of clinical research ("The Politics of Therapeutic Evaluation in Asian Medicine", EPW, 1 May 2010).

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.

The Complex Truth

A government which believes that medical education and healthcare are best provided by the private sector is deliberately starving government hospitals of funds. Until a clear plan to ensure health for all is in place and the poor demand medical care as a fundamental right, public health services will remain skewed and unjust.

On Nandigram- I

When an intellectual of the calibre of Prabhat Patnaik becomes an apologist for a political party (‘In the Aftermath of Nandigram’, May 26), the result is a sorry spectacle.

Social History of SARS

Twenty-first Century Plague: The Story of SARS by Thomas Abraham; Hong Kong University Press, 2004; pp 165 (hardbound), price not mentioned.
GEORGE THOMAS In the first few months of the year 2003, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) threatened to decimate the world

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