The Indian Medical Association, Cumbum Valley branch, has appealed to the government to roll out a realistic health policy with a view to providing overall benefits to the entire population of the country, and to increase the allocation for healthcare in the Union budget to at least 2.5 per cent of the GDP, keeping in mind the increasing treatment costs.
A Central Act to protect doctors while on duty and medical establishments from public outrage is the need of the hour, according to N.R.T.R. Thiagarajan, honorary secretary, IMA Cumbum Valley branch.
In a release issued here on Wednesday, he said that all doctors must devote 10 per cent of their time to community service.
Expressing grave concern over high maternal mortality and infant mortality rates and the inability of the government in containing the spread of communicable diseases, he said that a new health policy and an increase in allocation of funds for healthcare were essential.
IMA State president R.V.S. Surendran said that the right to health should be made a fundamental right.
To achieve this, the government should strengthen healthcare delivery system and support private healthcare sector.
Already the IMA had directed doctors to follow several practices in public interest, including devoting an hour in a week to promoting Swachch Bharat-Swasth Bharat Programme, providing concession to the elderly, working towards eradicating discrimination against girl child, offering special privileges to women delivering a girl child, performing free heart surgeries to poor girl children suffering from complex congenital heart diseases and adopting villages.
Concern over the &ldquoinability&rdquo of the government in containing spread of communicable diseases