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Health campaigning group calls for action on corruption in India

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 15 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4648
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

The Indian branch of the international People’s Health Movement organisation has expressed serious concerns about the increasing trend of corruption in India’s private medical sector.

In an open letter to India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, the movement called on the Indian government to act firmly against corruption in the private health sector. The organisation, which campaigns for equal health for all, said that such corruption can lead to substantial increases in the costs of care, impoverishment, and compromised health outcomes. It recommended that policy initiatives should be drawn up to curb corruption and warned that “private sector corruption is also in danger of becoming the acceptable norm of behaviour, to be universalized by policy.” …

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