India reviews state hospitals to end widespread corruption

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Women wait for a routine examination with doctors in Anand town, about 70 km south of Ahmedabad August 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal/Files

Women wait for a routine examination with doctors in Anand town, about 70 km south of Ahmedabad August 24, 2013.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The government on Saturday ordered a review of activities at all state-owned hospitals to end what the health minister called systemic corruption, as part of the new administration's crackdown on malpractice in the healthcare sector.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has vowed to eradicate graft in India's $74 billion healthcare industry, where doctors receiving extra payments for referring patients to a particular clinic or receiving gifts from companies for prescribing their drugs are common.

"There are many aspects to corruption in hospitals which as a medico I know exist," Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a statement.

"If money is made in the allocation of beds or as kickbacks from suppliers, it is sleaze. What is equally corrupt is the silent practice of reserving beds and facilities for employees or VIPs."

Private companies dominate India's healthcare system, while government hospitals are overcrowded and lack the resources to cater to growing demand.

Though the industry is growing at 15 percent per year according to consulting firm PwC, public spending on healthcare has stagnated at about 1 percent of gross domestic product for years.

That compares to 3 percent in China and 8.3 percent in the United States, according to a World Bank database for 2012.

The review ordered on Saturday would also apply to New Delhi's premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where thousands of patients queue up daily for subsidized treatment.

The government crackdown started last month after a media report exposed alleged kickback arrangements between diagnostic laboratories and doctors in India's capital.

In recent months, leading doctors and advocacy groups have teamed up to try to root out corruption from the system, forming anti-graft panels at hospitals and writing open letters to the government.

(Reporting by Aditya Kalra, Editing by Krishna N Das and Rosalind Russell)

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captmeharsingh wrote:
IDEAL LOKPAL : ANTI-CORRUPTION OMBUDSMAN IN INDIA

IT IS VERY STRANGE AND BEYOND IMAGINATION THAT THE BASIC AND FUNDAMENTAL ‘PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL JUSTICE’ i.e. “A PERSON CAN NOT BE A JUDGE IN HIS OWN CAUSE” HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED WITH PERSONAL AND VESTED INTERESTS BY THE GREAT LEARNED LEGAL LUMANARIES / JURISTS AND EVEN TOP MOST FUNCTIONARIES UNDER INDIAN CONSTITUTION FOR ESTABLISHING AN IDEAL LOKPAL. IT REFLECTS HOW MUCH GREEDY ASPIRING SOULS OVERNIGHT WANT TO BECOME SUPREME COURT JUDGES AS LOKPAL MEMBERS WITHOUT HAVING A SINGLE DAY EXPERIENCE AS JUDGE. ABOVE ALL, THE PERSONS TO SELECT LOKPAL OR GOING TO BE APPOINTED AS LOKPAL NON-JUDICIAL MEMBERS WILL BE AGAINST ALL CANNONS OF SERVICE JURISPRUDENCE, CONSTITUTION OF INDIA, NATURAL JUSTICE AND MORE SO, LAWS OF GOD !

For establishing an ideal Lokpal in this country in a fair, transparent, equitable and just manner to be free from all bias, the only way left out to take over the complete process of establishing of Lokpal by the Hon’ble President of India to ensure that the Lokpal to function as ‘Mini Supreme Court’ and to make free from interference likely to be from all the three organs of the constitution i.e. executive, legislature and judiciary as they are directly or indirectly having vested interests. However, President of India may be guided by an ‘Advisory Committee’ consisting of former senior most President of India, former Senior most Chief Justice of India and United Nations Representative i.e. President, International Court of Justice. The Chief Justice of India or the senior most supreme court judge to be requested and invited by the President of India to spare his / her services to function as Lokpal along with other 8 members
as per
the seniority list of the Supreme Court Judges (sitting only ) “ ON DEPUTATION” to maintain the dignity, honor and all respect and protocol for the Supreme Court Judges and the judicial system as a whole.

It is once again highlighted and emphasized to be noted by all concerned that under Section 14 of the Act, the zone/jurisdiction of ‘investigation’ by the Lokpal covers two organs of the constitution i.e. Executive (central government as a whole) and legislature, therefore, in the overall interest of justice and fair play, they are not to be associated at all under any cost with the Lokpal in any manner and make this anti-corruption body fully independent, impartial and judicial in the similar lines of the Supreme Court. However, for the administrative and operational support including staff requirement, the Secretary-General, Supreme Court of India may assist, help and strengthen in establishing the Lokpal in the initial stage.

Aug 26, 2014 10:40am IST  --  Report as abuse
captmeharsingh wrote:
CALLING FOR AN END TO CORRUPTION & POLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN JUDICIARY

THE CHIEF JUSTICES OF INDIA ARE REGULARLY EXPRESSING
ANGUISH , THE WAY THE BABUS AND POLITICIANS ARE TRYING TO
ERODE THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND GRIEVANCES HANDLING MECHNISM
RESULTING LOSING COMPLETE FAITH AND CONFIDENCE BY THE
PUBLIC .

Recently. Chief Justice of India pointed out in Supreme
Court during hearing in case of “TRIBUNALIZATION’ as : ”
WE DO NOT HAVE FREEDOM EVEN TO BUY A PENCIL.”

IDEALLY,THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA TO SEND FILES/PAPERS
DIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT OF INDIA RATHER TO. LAW MINISTRY /
PMO. OR OTHERS.

Indian Judicial Service to be started and judges appointed
BY PROMOTION AS PER SENIORITY upto the level of
CJI BY INTERNAL DEPARTMENTAL PROMOTION COMMITTEE HAVING
SENIOR EXPERTS IN THE FIELD & NO OUTSIDER IN THE CADRE
& BE AN INTEGRATED CADRE OF ALL INDIA JUDICIAL &
QUASI- JUDICIAL FUNCTIONARIES

JUDICIARY ALSO TO BE INCLUDED UNDER THE PURVIEW OF
LOKPAL FOR CORRUPTION-FREE PURE JUSTICE AND TO BE FOURTH
ORGAN OF THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION, OTHERWISE IT IS GOING TO BE
“SNAKE PIT OF VESTED INTERESTS ”

AN LINE IN RESPONSE WITH VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS, COMMENTS, ADVICE,GUIDANCE, HELP AND ASSISTANCE FOR GREAT CHALLENGE AND MISSION IN THIS ENDEAVOR WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED AND WELCOMED FROM ALL WHO REALLY COMMITTED FOR WELFARE SOCIETY AS THE WORLD WE WANT TO BE PURER, CLEANER, SAFER, TRANSPARENT,PROSPER AND ABOVE ALL, FREE FROM ALL EVILS.

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