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Women From Himachal Pradesh Protest, Demand Better Medical Facilities

-Newsclick.in According to patients’ accounts, the 108 helpline either did not respond, or the condition of the ambulance was reported to be ‘not fit’ to ferry patients. The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) staged demonstrations on December 10 in Shimla outside the district commissioner’s (DC’s) office, against the deteriorating health facilities for women in government hospitals in Himachal Pradesh. There are three government hospitals in the state capital – Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Rippo Hospital and Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH). “Firstly, there are almost 4,500 vacancies for the positions of gynaecologists and paramedical staff in the entire state. These should be filled as soon as possible so that the women have access to better medical help,” said Falma Chauhan, general secretary, AIDWA, Himachal Pradesh, during her speech while addressing the throngs of women gathered outside the DC’s office. Chauhan told Newsclick, “First and foremost, all the vacancies should be filled. Second issue,...

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Study reveals hospital information gap -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph Shortcoming to affect follow-up care Only a fourth of patients with chronic diseases who attend government clinics in India receive all the key information they need for future follow-up care by other doctors, a study has suggested. Only 24 per cent of the outpatient clinic documents the study screened mentioned all four pieces of key information: the diagnosis, prescribed medication, long-term care instructions and follow-up information. The study found that 32 per cent -– nearly one in three -– did not mention the medications prescribed. Public health researchers participating in the study, the first systematic assessment of health-care communication in Indian government clinics, assessed over 500 treatment sheets given to patients in five health-care facilities in Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. “The transfer of patients’ information from one doctor or hospital to the next is critical, particularly so in India where many patients may not always be able to convey information,” said Shifalika Goenka...

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Fields of ferment -Ashok Gulati

-The Indian Express Why assembly election verdicts should occasion a rethink on loan waivers, MSP raises The results of the elections to state assemblies should be a humbling experience for the BJP. Political pundits have started analysing the verdict, since the reasons for the BJP’s defeat have important implications for the parliamentary election of 2019. One factor that is being flagged by analysts is farm distress. Farmers across the country are not happy with what has happened to their incomes and this is increasingly getting reflected in their protests. The Union minister for agriculture had earlier described these protests, and farmers spilling milk and dumping onions on roads, as “political drama”. Any further denial of the ground reality will only result in heavy losses for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. Saner voices within the party — Nitin Gadkari, for example — have openly admitted that the farm crisis is a...

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A self-goal for India -Santosh Mehrotra

-The Hindu There are substantive reasons for the questions being raised about the new GDP back series Without in any way impugning the integrity of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), most knowledgeable people are asking: if most important indicators of the Indian economy were better in 2004-2014, how is the GDP growth rate higher in estimates just released (7.4% per annum since 2014 and only 6.7% per annum in 2005-2014)? This is curious also because the Mundle expert panel, which was constituted to prepare the back series under the revised methodology, had not come up with the counter-intuitive estimates that have just been released. They estimated the average GDP growth at market prices at 8.37% (2004-05 to 2008-09), and then 7.69% (2009-10 to 2013-014). Three changes occurred in the revision that was first announced in 2015: first, in the base year; second, in the methodology from GDP at factor cost to GDP at...

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Loan waiver promise tipped the scales in favour of Congress in Madhya Pradesh

-PTI BHOPAL: Congress president Rahul Gandhi's promise of a farm loan waiver if his party is voted to power in Madhya Pradesh seems to have helped it reap a rich harvest of votes and end 15-year-long wait for power. In the wake of Rahul Gandhi's populist promise made during campaigning for the November 28 polls, cultivators did not sell their paddy produce and stocked them to reap the benefit of the promised loan write-off, a farmer leader said on Wednesday. This was done to avoid paying loan installments to banks as sale proceeds would have been directly deposited in their accounts, he said. The Congress chief had promised loan waiver for farmers within 10 days of forming the government in the state. Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Marketing Federation, popularly known as MP Markfed, procured just 67,148 metric tonnes (MT) of paddy from farmers between November 15 and December 8, an official said. The paddy procurement...

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