The writer is a National Convenor, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
At the end of the day, it is public health services which will stand by our side in times of epidemics. We dare to ignore this message only at our collective peril.
The implementation of the NHRC Patients’ Rights Charter and the MoHFW’s circular on patients’ rights are good starting points for such a purpose.
We can confirm that health is making an impact on the political scene, when on the one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Ayushman Bharat scheme a year before the elections and on the other hand, the Congress’s manifesto carries the party’s pledge to enact a Right to Healthcare Act.