March 21, 2009 12:39:07 am
City doctors have drawn out a prescription for the 2009 election. The Doctors Agenda,prepared by the city unit of the Indian Medical Association,include demands like more government hospitals for the poor,free or subsidised vaccination for chicken pox and rubella at corporation clinics and yes,protect them and hospitals from goonda elements.
Dr Avinash Bhondwe,president of the city unit of the IMA,said in a statement that the IMA has appealed to all doctors,health workers and paramedical personnel,to support those parties and candidates who include these points in their official agenda.
Unlike Mumbai that has six government and civic hospitals,Pune has only one government-run Sassoon Hospital. This is also overcrowded and hence there is a need for a similar government hospital to cater to the poor, Bhondwe said.
The IMA doctors have also demanded that their association should be involved while drafting the health policy or while addressing medical problems. The expenditure on health should be increased from 2.7 per cent to 7 per cent,the doctors have urged.
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The national immunisation schedule provides only a minimum number of vaccines. Other vaccines against diseases like chicken pox,rubella,MMR and HIB should be made available either free of cost or at subsidised rates at the government or corporation clinics. The doctors said the ordinance and Act for the protection of medicos and hospitals have been implemented in seven states but Maharashtra has not yet taken any concrete steps. This needs to be passed urgently so that doctors are not beaten up or hospitals are not attacked, said Bhondwe.
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