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Patients' body backs Aamir for exposing 'rot' in healthcare

4A patients' body called People for Better Treatment has rallied behind Bollywood star Aamir Khan for focusing on the "rot" in the Indian healthcare delivery system during his popular television programme.

2012-06-08T12:06:00Z

4A patients' body called People for Better Treatment has rallied behind Bollywood star Aamir Khan for focusing on the "rot" in the Indian healthcare delivery system during his popular television programme.

The actor, who hosts the Sunday television show 'Satyamev Jayate', has been the target of protests by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and a section of the medical community for generalising about medical negligence and corruption in healthcare in the show.

The IMA bigshots claimed that the television show has given a one-sided picture of "medical negligence and corruption" in healthcare. While some medicos have demanded an apology from the celebrated actor, some doctors have threatened a defamation lawsuit against Khan for "slandering" the medical community.

"The reason for such an overtly exaggerated response from our healers to an ordinary television program is bewildering indeed," president of People for Better Treatment, Kunal Saha, said in a statement.

"The shabby condition of Indian healthcare is a common knowledge for the ordinary citizens. Reports of horrific deaths and injuries from alleged "medical negligence" in hospitals and nursing homes appear almost on a daily basis in the news," Saha said in the statement.

"There is no denying that the healthcare system in India has been riddled with negligence and corruption. Doctors involved with other Machiavellian activities that are clearly against accepted medical ethics can be found in almost every medical office and hospital," the statement said.

He alleged that acceptance of "commission" from medical laboratories for referring patients and taking "expensive gifts from drug manufacturers" for writing prescription of a specific drug has become an "acceptable and shameless practice" by many of our healers despite the presence of stringent laws against such unethical behaviours.

"Deep-rooted corruption has plagued even Medical Council of India (MCI) - the highest regulatory body for control of healthcare education and medical practice in India," Saha said.

"In fact, at the present moment, MCI is being run through a stop-gap measure with an Adhoc committee," he said.

"Little wonder that issues pertaining to "medical negligence" have come to the limelight in the recent years in India. Mr. Khan hosted the television show focusing on corruption and negligence in healthcare seemingly to underscore this popular theme which is of great significance in Indian society today," the statement added.

While on the one hand, the programme exposed the rampant corruption in the medical system, it also underscored the noble work done by many compassionate and honest doctors, said Saha.

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lucky17
lucky17 8 years ago The best show ever in the history of media. Every single bit of it is open, bold and the end never leaves us feeling depressed and helpless. There is always hope at the end of each episode and that is the best part of the show. If we all get together and join hands with rare few who have started the mission, India would be the most honest and clean country in the world. Thanks Amir.
atominis
atominis 8 years ago Pathetic that doctors are targetting Aamir instead of cleaning up the mess in their own profession! Aamir never called all doctors corrupt. And neither should doctors behave as if they are all innocent and not a single doctor is corrupt! I am glad that many doctors are supporting Aamir and so are NGOs. As for patients, there has been no patient in India who did not have to suffer at hands of a corrupt doctor at some point in his life. We know what was shown in Aamir's show is just tip of the iceberg. Even doctors know what worms lie in the can!
pippa
pippa 8 years ago Just read that the khaaps want Aamir's show off air!!

Now, they are scared!
martalinda
martalinda 8 years ago I wish there were a show like this in our country.I'm sure this is also happening in other parts of the world.2012-06-08 12:03:40
loveyoupreeto
loveyoupreeto 8 years ago Great work by Amir Ji...SMJ Rocks and it's time for all of us to see Real India
mayur-premeer
mayur-premeer 8 years ago love you amir for helping india to come out of all the bad... all my family love the show.. nd i think all india loves it too...thank you SATYAMEV JAYATE
minihussain
minihussain 8 years ago Finally! some people knows hiding the dirt under the rug wont work anymore.
Devika.
Devika. 8 years ago bravo Amir. .. thanks for utilizing your name for the betterment of society, in your own style.. you area true hero , i salute you...
Sea-Hawk
Sea-Hawk 8 years ago well done AAMIR.. u hit d bull's eye... de r scared that ppl know thier ugly face now so they r shouting.. let them.. we thank u from our core of heart for giving an epi on such evil which effect all of us in our regular life in a gr8 way... it was d best epi
PS: docs who wanna sue him y don't do so... coz de r scared that uglier truth will come out n der wl be nothing to hide then..2012-06-08 08:32:53
lilmzsunshine
lilmzsunshine 8 years ago yeh to hona hi tha ... and aur hoga.

He's stepping on many toes with his show. From landlords, to businessmen, to politicians, to professionals with malpractice ... they'll all rally against him.

And the public, the general body of india, of the world actually, avg people like you and me ... we'll support Amir Khan.

Kudos for having the guts to do something most people only imagine or dream about.

-S
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