The grim reality of medical students in India

We are all here, young doctors with white coats, ready to serve the country irrespective of what society thinks of doctors, we are here to save you all, to heal your pain, to cure it. We just expect the world around us to remember that we are humans entering early adulthood having limits to every aspect of ours!

The grim reality of medical students in India“The medical fraternity is like a public toilet, the ones outside are waiting eagerly to enter it and the ones in it want to exit it.” I feel really sorry to start with this bitter metaphor, but reality is always hard to digest. In awe if the idea of serving mankind and saving human lives, […]

Doctors Day: Work stress more now than earlier, state doctors

When all their non-medico friends settle down early and have achieved work-life balance, the doctors, on the other hand, have a different life trajectory. Many studies, conducted in recent years, show that doctors are handling a lot of stress.

Doctors Day: Work stress more now than earlier, state doctorsWhen a student opts for the field of medicine, s/he is not opting for the career option that is like any other which their non-medico peers may choose. A medical student has to study for more number of years, settle down late and has to handle an ample amount of workload. When their non-medico friends […]

Emergency care in the rural area: Can doctors be ethical and survive?

Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar, a general physician from Mahad, Maharashtra has raised a question in a paper published in Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. Pointing a finger at the current scenario of medical facilities in rural areas, he has put forth the question whether doctors can be ethical and survive, while providing emergency medical care

Emergency care in the rural area: Can doctors be ethical and survive?Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar is a well-known name in the medical fraternity of the country. He is a renowned general physician, who has been instrumental in providing medical care to the victims of scorpion bites in the rural areas. Over the past 40 years, he has been working relentlessly for the benefit of the people living […]

SC judgement brings back memories of Aruna Shanbaug

While medical fraternity is applauding the Supreme Court’s judgement on passive euthanasia, it is difficult not to remember Mumbai’s KEM Hospital nurse Aruna Shanbaug because of whom the euthanasia has been a widely debated term

SC judgement brings back memories of Aruna ShanbaugAruna Shanbaug was a nurse at KEM Hospital when she was sexually assaulted and strangulated. In 1973, Sohanlal Bartha Valmiki, the ward boy, had pinned her down during the act and had used a dog chain around her neck that almost strangulated her. This had caused serious damage to her brain cells and reduced her […]

Budget 2018: Healthcare sector divided over Ayushman Bharat Programme

Even though the medical fraternity has appreciated the steps addressing healthcare issues in the budget, doctors still remain cautious over its execution in the long run

Budget 2018: Healthcare sector divided over Ayushman Bharat ProgrammeIn the Union Budget for 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced two new initiatives under the Ayushman Bharat Program. This move is expected to benefit 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. It will be the world’s biggest government funded healthcare programme. The government will provide up to Rs. 5 lakh per year per family for […]

Cut practice law: No ACB investigation against accused doctor

Under the new proposed ‘cut practice law’ the accused doctor will not be investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). The committee which has been founded to form a law has agreed to the doctor’s demand. But, the state is yet to take a final decision on the demand to lower the punishment from existing 5 years to 1 year in the proposed law

Cut practice law: No ACB investigation against accused doctorThe accused doctor will not be investigated by the anti-corruption bureau. If the investigation committee’s prima-facie finds the truth in the allegation then, the local police will conduct the investigation. The high power committee which was constituted by Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan to form a ‘cut practice law’ in Maharashtra has accepted the doctor’s […]

J P Nadda asks states to implement the Clinical Establishment Act

The Union Health Minister on Thursday wrote to Chief Ministers of all states for the adoption and implementation of Clinical Act in order to stop ill practices in the private health sector

J P Nadda asks states to implement the Clinical Establishment ActThe much debated Clinical Establishment Bill might finally get to see the light of day, as Union Health Minister J P Nadda has written to all states asking them to implement the Clinical Establishment Act. The medical fraternity and health activist across the state have welcomed this step taken by the central government. Dr Ravi […]

Father of nephrology, Dr Chugh no more

Determined, strong-willed and proficient are words synonymous to Dr Kirpal Chugh. Chugh, who was 85-years-old, was an inspiration for many and passed away on Sunday morning, due to blood cancer. While the entire medical fraternity is saddened because of his death, My Medical Mantra remembers him for his wonderful achievements

Father of nephrology, Dr Chugh no moreOn Sunday morning, Dr Kirpal Chugh passed away owing to blood cancer, with which he was diagnosed with about two years ago. He will be fondly remembered as the father of nephrology in India, who single-handedly separated this discipline from medicine and then developing it into a super-specialty. He was a renowned professor and the former […]

‘Doctors should look at traditional medicine with modern perspective’

My Medical Mantra speaks with Dr Suresh Patankar regarding his nomination to the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), Government of India. It is a statutory body under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which monitors and regulates higher education in Ayurweda, Siddha and Unani

‘Doctors should look at traditional medicine with modern perspective’Dr Suresh Patankar, a Pune-based urologist and President of Ace Multispecialty hospital, has been recently nominated to the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), Government of India. The CCIM is a statutory body under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which monitors higher education in Ayurweda, Siddha and Unani. It regulates Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani. […]

After Dr Amarapurkar’s death, activist draws attention to deaths of conservancy workers

Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, an eminent gastroenterologist from Bombay Hospital lost his life after falling into a manhole near India Bulls Centre One. His body was found in Worli by Mumbai Fire Brigade. After this shocking incident, a social activist, Ramesh Haralkar has raised an important question regarding the safety and security of BMC’s conservancy who clean Mumbai’s numerous manholes

After Dr Amarapurkar’s death, activist draws attention to deaths of conservancy workers“The death of Dr Amarapurkar is very unfortunate. No one should die in this way. Can we now pay attention to the deaths of conservancy workers which occur in manholes?” This is question was raised by Ramesh Haralkar, President of Safai Kamgar Parivartan Sangh while speaking to My Medical Mantra. Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, an eminent […]