The policy falls somewhere between a comprehensive plan for major expansion of public health services, socialisation of the private sector and extreme privatisation.
The policy has proposed institutional reform, and steps to improve and upgrade the quality of services. But there is no correlation between the ambition targets and the public investment proposed.
The new National Health Policy identifies what needs to be done, but fails to address who will do it and in what manner.
The new policy unveiled in parliament also envisages an increase in the health budget to 2.5% of GDP but only by 2025.
Sources said the new policy will strengthen primary healthcare centres.
Public Health Leaders Ask to Be Removed From Mailing List of Foundation Offering Them Tobacco-Funded Grants
This follows The Wire’s exclusive story this week about Derek Yach targeting health leaders with grant money from his foundation, which is funded by the tobacco industry.
Leaked emails reveal that the foundation is actively making offers of grants to officials at the WHO as well as people in India and abroad without explicitly revealing its single source of funding – Philip Morris International.
Increases in traffic-related air pollutants were associated with 2-6% increased odds of low birth weight and 1-3% increased odds of being small for gestational age.
Peter Sands was elected the executive director of the financing organisation even though he did not have American support, perhaps indicating the country’s waning importance.
If We Can Build Mangalyaan, Why Can’t We Do More in Health Sciences: New WHO Deputy Director General
Taking charge as WHO’s deputy director general in December, India’s Dr Soumya Swaminathan speaks to The Wire about global health, where India stands on medical research and how women can get ahead in the workplace.
Report looks at 26 years of health data in India to see trends in diseases and risks in every state. The conclusion is that large health inequalities exist among states.
A study by an NGO a year after certain rural primary healthcare centres were signed over to private players raises many questions about the way things are being run and the government’s priorities.
Bioversity International’s aim is to create seed banks across the world and encourage farmers to grow crops suited for their region.
Disregarding a Supreme Court order, the central and state governments have linked Aadhaar to a multitude of health and social security schemes.
The government should keep the secretary of the health department unchanged for three years for him/her to be able to show results. But that has not been happening.
The US medical device industry’s allegation on the denial of equitable market access is a smokescreen to protect an inequitable market, at the cost of people’s lives.
Implementation of a single health programme such the Universal Health Coverage cannot overcome the challenges of weak governance, lack of accountability and poor implementation.
It seems as though the Centre does not know how to tackle the economic slowdown and lack of jobs in the country.
While the draft does include new paragraphs on illegal mining and sustainable development, experts question whether it will be, as the Supreme Court recently put it, “effective, meaningful and implementable”.
The Life of Labour: 8 Transport Workers Killed in TN, National Policy For India’s Home-Based Workers
Latest news reports from the world of work.
The film is a subtle reminder to India and other “recipients” of technology that its uses are determined as much by Hollywood as they are by Silicon Valley.
The government must address the issues of occupational safety and health being faced by the over 37.4 million home-based workers in the country.
While the cost of hospitalisation has gone up more than 10% between 2004 and 2014, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana’s insurance coverage has remained unchanged.
Hailed by Obama as key to stopping Iran from building a nuclear bomb, the deal was also signed by China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany and the EU.
Nearly one in ten Indians is over 60 years old, a fact often lost amid the economic bombast of India’s ‘demographic dividend’.
Does the wide linguistic gulf between India and China indicate that the two countries are doomed to live in a state of eternal contention?
The single most important policy failure of most Indian governments has been the near-complete neglect of public health and education.
In an attempt to protect children from tobacco addiction, the ministry has asked state governments to ensure cigarette shops sell only tobacco and not any consumer goods.
It is time for India to fully fund and implement its ambitious health policies, and translate them into better health outcomes for its millions. Without health, little else matters.
Where India Goes is essential reading not only for policy-makers and development professionals, but for anyone interested in the paradoxes of development in the early 21st century.
As more cows reach the non-productive age, the number of abandoned cows will swell and spill over to fields. Will ear tags and bovine sanctuaries end the farmers’ curse?
Obese banks are generally unhealthy for the economy. But the government is happily fattening banks thinking they are becoming “stronger” in the process.
The price of demonetisation’s “success” is now clear – slowing economic growth. What makes matters worse is that India has made very little headway in solving its twin balance sheet problem.
A roundup of news this week from the northeast.
Farmers with the smallest land holdings and landless agricultural labourers who need financial support do not have access to formal sources of credit and do not benefit from loan waivers.
The policy proposes changes in the role and function of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, as well as to its overall structure, which will weaken the autonomy of the body.
The policy proposes a reversal to “monitoring” the prices of drugs, instead of “controlling” them, although the Supreme Court had earlier ruled against this.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Karnataka’s public-private partnership healthcare models show that regulations are often flouted and profit-making supersede patients’ needs.
The political will of a government is intimately tied to the willingness and ability of citizens to take the government to task either by mobilising against it or by voting it out of power.