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When will India stop beating up doctors, its most critical human resource?

  • The ceaseless violence against medicos and lack of legal and political support bring to focus some stark deficiencies.
  • India has 0.7 doctors per 1,000 citizens. Primary-care doctors in the country get to spend two minutes on average on patients.
  • With Ayushman Bharat bringing the hitherto unserved millions into the healthcare fold, these woeful numbers portend a massive crisis.
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17 Jun 2019 9 Mins Read 0 comment
Doctors take out a rally in Kolkata on June 14, 2019. The doctors, who were on strike since June 11, were protesting after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured by a patient party. Getty Images
Doctors take out a rally in Kolkata on June 14, 2019. The doctors, who were on strike since June 11, were protesting after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured by a patient party.
Can India afford to murder and maim its doctors? Rephrase that question. Can the country with the world’s most ambitious healthcare-delivery scheme — already struggling with a tattered supply funnel — afford to endanger its most critical assets? Recent attacks on doctors at Kolkata’s NRS Medical College by a deceased patient's kin have suddenly made these questions urgent.
to an improved doctor-patient relationship along with empathy from the doctors ( sic.),” said Baijal. What did the LG highlight as one of the culprits behind the crumbling of this most delicate of relationships? The pitiful two minutes a doctor gets to spend on each patient. ( With inputs from Kanika Saxena) ( Graphic by Mohammad Arshad)
Can India afford to murder and maim its doctors? Rephrase that question. Can the country with the world’s most ambitious healthcare-delivery scheme — already struggling with a tattered supply funnel — afford to endanger its most critical assets? Recent attacks on doctors at Kolkata’s NRS Medical College by a deceased patient's kin have suddenly made these questions urgent. to an improved doctor-patient relationship along with empathy from the doctors ( sic.),” said Baijal. What did the LG highlight as one of the culprits behind the crumbling of this most delicate of relationships? The pitiful two minutes a doctor gets to spend on each patient. ( With inputs from Kanika Saxena) ( Graphic by Mohammad Arshad)

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