A study reveals that medical students and trainee doctors make up over half of all the injuries made by pricks from infected needles in hospitals. Aside from being overworked, these doctors and students don’t get vaccinated against diseases which could be transmitted through infected blood. The dangers of such injuries and the health risk that […]

According to WHO’s Global Burden of Disease study, every fifth person likely suffers from some type of pain. However, medical sector comes under criticism for failure to treating pain seriously. By some estimates, chronic pain-defined as pain which lasts for over three months affects some 10% of the global population. Due to lack of reliable […]

The ever-increasing cases of violence against doctors by relatives or attendants of patients has finally prompted the government to mull over drafting a central law which will ensure the protection of the caregivers. More than 75% of doctors in India are reported to have faced violence in one form or the other as per as […]

The five and a half year long medical course is no longer enough for a student to become a doctor. For the Union health ministry has unveiled the draft Indian Medical Council(Amendment) Bill 2016 by which they should also have to pass the National Exit Test(NEXT). The Bill also aims to bring in combined counselling […]

The year 2016 has seen its fair share of developments in the medical field in India. Some of these were rather unexpected while others were long in the pipeline. Here is a look at some of the key developments that would affect medicos in India. National Medical Commission Bill MCI has come under fire for […]

Upendranath Brahmachari was one of the most legendary medical practitioners that India has ever known. Sadly enough, his name is not familiar to most in this day and age. He was brought up in a family that already had a medical practitioner-his father who was a physician with the East Indian Railways. Upendranath-who was was […]

Claims of medical negligence are being made without justification across the nation. In this context, a recent ruling that an unsuccessful surgery is not negligence comes as a huge relief to doctors. It’s worth looking at the case that prompted such a ruling. Case Satender Kumar fractured his right leg from a fall at home […]

The proposed National Medical Commission Bill (NMC Bill) which seeks to dissolve MCI has seen doctors across the nation protesting, terming it “an undemocratic move.” While that being the case, here are what some of the concerned doctors have to say about it. ‘Highly detrimental to budding doctors’ Dr Manish Prabhakar is the president of […]

The fresh guideline issued by MCI urging doctors to prescribe generic instead of branded medicines hasn’t found many takers. For instance, at PGIMER where the notification was endorsed by the administration two months back, the doctors continue to prescribe branded drugs. The notice issued by the MCI in September reads thus: “Every physician should prescribe […]

India is home to 60 percent of the world’s leprosy patients. But hidden cases are also very common in the subcontinent. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has initiated a nationwide drive to detect such cases. These cases remain hidden because of the fear and stigma associated with the disease. In the first […]