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National Health Policy 2017: a cautious welcome

On March 15, 2017 the union cabinet approved the new National Health Policy. The next day a 28-page policy text and an accompanying 13-page situational analysis were placed in Parliament and in the public domain. To have, at all times, a health policy in place that shows a road map on how a nation would show “progressive realization” of health as a basic human right is an obligation under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This is an international treaty adopted in 1976, to which India became a signatory in 1979, and this was one of the catalysts for the adoption of the first National Health Policy in 1 983. The immediate political backdrop to the articulation of a National Health Policy 2017 (NHP 2017), replacing the 2002 policy, is that a new health policy and a national health assurance plan were both part of the BJP’s electoral manifesto…

An idea whose time has come: Compensation for vaccine-related injuries and death in India

This paper emphasises the urgent need for a compensation policy for those affected by adverse events following immunisation in India. In the absence of such a mechanism in the country, people claim compensation by taking recourse to tort law and have to face the ensuing uncertainty and challenges with regard to the award of compensation…

Healing ministry and palliative care in Christianity

May 3, 2017

Death is inevitable, but that does not mean it can be planned or imposed. It is an ethical imperative…

The jurisprudence of emergency medical care in India: an ethics perspective

April 25, 2017

This paper, which is part of a primary interdisciplinary doctoral research work with a qualitative research design…

The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics is peer reviewed and indexed in Medline and other databases.