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India proposes new health policy but admits flaws

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7313.592d (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:592
  1. Rohit Sharma
  1. Mumbai

    India's health minister, Dr C P Thakur, last week unveiled the draft of a new proposed national health policy—the first in 18 years.

    Although it lists gains in the intervening period, the document candidly admits various lapses and distortions that have come to dog the healthcare system. As a result, it says, “the morbidity and mortality levels in the country are still unacceptably high.”

    Abysmally low investments in health have led to a poor quality and uneven …

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