Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Nov 2017 14:04:14

EVEN as efforts are being made by the Government to fill vacant posts in various courts to speed up delivery of justice, according to the Law Ministry, the number of courtrooms and residential units available for district and subordinate courts across the country is much less than the sanctioned strength of the judges. This means that even if the Government fills up all the vacancies, there won’t be proper place to conduct court proceedings and put up the judges. This is a typical example of the myopic vision of the past Governments. They neither cared to fill up vacancies, nor took any steps to build an infrastructure to meet future demand. The task of building the infrastructure has thus befallen on the present Government. Though the Governments have a mandate for five years, they must have a vision to look in the future and plan schemes accordingly. Many things may not be felt necessary at this point of time. But it is always better to work on them instead of digging a well when one is feeling thirsty. A visionary leadership is a must for all-round progress.

much needed

The Union Health Ministry’s draft National Patient Safety Implementation Framework (NPSIF) has come just at the right time. With the country’s health care system growing rapidly, so much so that it is emerging as a hub of medical tourism, a vacuum has been created as far as patient safety is concerned. A strong health care system is a must but in India, while the private sector is growing rapidly in terms of quality and range of health care, the public sector has fallen behind. There is a gaping hole when it comes to accountability in the health care sector. Patients, especially those belonging to weaker sections of the society and the uneducated, are absolutely at the mercy of the doctors and medical staff. There are a wide range of excuses at the medical fraternity’s disposal to cover up botch-ups and misdemeanours. Here patient safety and complaint redressal rules will come as a relief to patients, not only giving them the power to question and get redressal but also act as a deterrent to the ‘black sheep’ in the medical fraternity.