Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Dec 2017 11:49:28









The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has stepped in at the right time to bring private health care in the country back on track. The apex body of doctors wants to restore the fast eroding patient-doctor trust by ensuring accountability and transperancy in procurement and prescription of drugs and medical treatment. This move comes after a few glaring cases of inappropriate medical practice by private hospitals. The body has also appealed to doctors and hospital managements to ensure that the patient receives the best treatment at a cost he can afford and not what the market dictates. On their part, State Governments too have been asked to subsidise emergency medical care in private hospitals. This would go a long way in ensuring right and timely treatment to all sections of society. Having said that, IMA has pointed out that there is room for errors as doctors too are mere mortals. But keeping the patient’s best interest in mind is paramount. Basically, a multi-pronged approach, actively involving all the parties, is needed to put the medical sector on the right track.


OPERATION outreach launched by Jammu and Kashmir police is a welcome initiative to wean away youths from the path of militancy. Under the operation the J&K police authorities are reaching out to the families of militants to seek their help in bringing back the strayed youths. Only recently four of these militants have surrendered to the authorities, raising hopes that other youths may follow in their footsteps. For this the role of family members is very important and Kashmiri police are exploring this possibility with good effect. Ever since the appointment of the interlocutor by the Central Government various initiatives have been put in place for curbing militancy in the troubled State. “Operation Outreach” appears to be part of that exercise. The youths in some parts of the State were waylaid by forces inimical to India from across the border through indoctrination. The police are following the advice of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on reaching out to the youths and not rely solely on the gun, stressing on use of all options.