This IJME blog will focus on ethics and human rights concerns in the response to Covid 19 in India, and publish reports, commentaries and statements that have some relevance to the ethics of healthcare.
Social triaging without universal healthcare
We start with Sanjay Nagral's latest columns in Mumbai Mirror on how India's fragmented healthcare system will meet the needs of the pandemic in India. How will the severe shortages affect decisions in healthcare, such as allocation of ventilators? There is a need for urgent government action to increase available testing, isolation and ICU facilities, taking control of private facilities if needed, as happened in Spain. Indeed in India we have seen that a number of state governments have taken over private hospitals for treatment of covid19 patients presumably free of cost. There is no better example of the importance of universal health care. Nagral’s earlier columns on the pandemic in India look back on the role that public hospitals have played in plagues and forward at how we can prepare ourselves through “prehabilitation”