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Indian health ministry refutes UK journal editor’s criticism of health sector

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5813 (Published 29 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5813
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

A spat has broken out between India’s health ministry and the editor in chief of the Lancet after he lambasted the Indian government for sidelining the health of its people and putting national security at risk.

In an interview with the Times of India Richard Horton criticised Narendra Modi’s government for ignoring the health sector and failing to generate any new ideas or policies and to commit more money to health.1

The Lancet is due to publish a paper in December that will criticise Modi for sidelining his promise to roll out universal healthcare coverage and for neglecting public health.

Horton told the Times of …

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