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An Open Letter to Stephen’s Hospital on current state of this great Hospital, as reported in the media

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The Director and the Hon’ble members of the Board
St Stephen’s Hospital
Tis Hazari

October 22, 2013

Dear Sir,

We write to you as the Friends of St Stephen’s Hospital, who have been observing with a deep sense of dismay, the current state of this great Hospital, as reported in the media of late.

For the last 127 years this remarkable institution in Delhi has had an outstanding record of service, especially to the poorer sections of society, with the motto “in love serve one another”.

However, now there have reportedly been increased costs and reduction of general ward beds; emphasis on private wards and ICU beds; high surgical bills and laboratory and radiology costs; closing down of low revenue earning units; and turning away of poor patients

In addition, there are allegations of mounting expenses in the hospital, higher costs of servicing loans, unwise financial decisions, commercialization of health services, expectations of meeting salaries and running costs from poor patients, persecution and harassment of public-spirited doctors, and non-transparent administration of the Hospital. These are serious charges indeed and, as you and all well-wishers of the Hospital would agree, they do great disservice to the noble ideals for which the Hospital was established and the entire congregations of those who have the interests of the Hospital close to their hearts.


One Day Consultation for evolving compliance mechanism in the light of Hon’ble Supreme Court order of 4th March 2013

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As you all are in the knowledge of Hon’ble Supreme Court order of 4th march 2013 in a PIL filed by the Voluntary Health Association of Punjab for the  effective implementation of PC-PNDT Act particularly in the seven states of India, i.e. State of Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi , Bihar and Punjab. In the view of the Judgment by the Hon’ble Supreme Court we have to monitor implementation of the Apex Court directions for proper implementation of the PC-PNDT Act. The directions are reproduced below for your kind perusal:-

  1. The Central Supervisory Board and  the  State  and  Union  Territories Supervisory Boards, constituted under Sections 7 and  16A  of  PC&PNDT Act, would meet at least once in six months, so as  to  supervise  and oversee how effective is the implementation of the PC&PNDT Act.
  2. The State Advisory Committees and District Advisory Committees  should gather information relating to the breach of  the  provisions  of  the PC&PNDT Act and the Rules  and  take  steps  to  seize  records,  seal machines and institute legal proceedings, if they notice violation  of the provisions of the PC&PNDT Act.
  3. The Committees mentioned  above  should  report  the  details  of  the charges framed and the conviction of the persons  who  have  committed the  offence,  to  the  State  Medical  Councils  for  proper  action, including suspension of the registration of the unit and  cancellation of license to practice.
  4. The authorities  should  ensure  also  that  all  Genetic  Counselling Centers,  Genetic  Laboratories  and  Genetic   Clinics,   Infertility Clinics,  Scan  Centers  etc.  using  pre-conception   and   pre-natal diagnostic techniques and procedures should maintain all  records  and all forms, required to be maintained under the Act and the  Rules  and the duplicate copies of the same be sent  to  the  concerned  District Authorities, in accordance with Rule 9(8) of the Rules.
  5. States  and  District  Advisory  Boards  should   ensure   that   all manufacturers and sellers of ultra-sonography machines do not sell any machine to any unregistered centre, as provided  under  Rule  3-A  and disclose, on a quarterly basis, to the concerned State/Union Territory and Central Government, a list of persons to whom  the  machines  have been sold, in accordance with Rule 3-A(2) of the Act.
  6. There will be a direction to all Genetic Counselling Centers,  Genetic Laboratories, Clinics etc.  to  maintain  forms  A,  E,  H  and  other Statutory forms provided under the Rules and if these  forms  are  not properly  maintained,  appropriate  action  should  be  taken  by  the authorities concerned.
  7. Steps should also be taken by the State Government and the authorities under the Act for mapping of all registered  and  unregistered  ultra-sonography clinics, in three months time.
  8. Steps  should  be  taken  by  the  State  Governments  and  the  Union Territories to educate the people of the necessity of implementing the provisions of the Act by conducting workshops  as  well  as  awareness camps at the State and District levels.
  9. Special Cell be constituted by the State  Governments  and  the  Union Territories to monitor the progress of various cases  pending  in  the Courts under the Act and take steps for their early disposal.
  10. The authorities concerned should take  steps  to  seize  the  machines which have been used illegally and contrary to the provisions  of  the Act and the Rules there under and  the  seized  machines  can  also  be confiscated under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure and be sold, in accordance with law.
  11. The various Courts in this country should take steps to dispose of all pending  cases  under  the  Act,  within  a  period  of  six   months. Communicate this order to the Registrars of various High  Courts,  who will take appropriate follow up action  with  due  intimation  to  the concerned Courts.

The next date for hearing in the case is 9th July, 2013.

The consultation also intends to evolve a document which can assist the Apex Court in giving further directions.

So, we plan to convene a One Day Consultation on 19th May 2013 at ISI 10, Institutional Industrial Area, Lodi Road, Near Sai Baba Temple, Delhi.


Report: National Dialogue On Using The Law For Public Health

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17TH & 18TH DECEMBER 2011


Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), Initiative for Health and Equity in Society (IHES), White Ribbon Alliance (WRA), All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN), LOCOST, Prayas, Shaheed Hospital, Dan Church Aid


On December 17th and 18th, HRLN successfully organized its fifth round of conference on “Using Law for Public Health” held in Delhi.  Public health activists and enthusiasts from across the states of India gathered at New Delhi to discuss the Public Health scenario in India and various challenges confronting it today. The speakers hailed from diverse backgrounds, right from doctors, lawyers, health workers, community health activists, public policy experts to government ministers. The topics ranged from unlicensed medical practitioners in West Bengal to the Mental Health Act, from clinical drug trials in Indore to the issue of maternal mortality in Jodhpur. Presented here are the power point presentations given over the course of the two day conference. A book will be published by HRLN in the near future carrying the material presented at the conference.

Presentation of Mrs Dipika Jain

Presentation of Dr Anand Rai

Presentation of Dr Narendra Gupta

Presentation of Dr Rajan Shukla-Dr Veena

Presentation of Dr Samit Sharma

Presentation of Dr Shrinath Reddy

Presentation of Dr Mira Shiva

Presentation of Dr Siddhartha Gupta

Presentation of Mr Jacob M Puliyel

Presentation of Mr KS Jacob

Presentation of Mr Narendra Gupta

Presentation of Mr Sanjay Kumar Paul

Presentation of Mr S Srinivasan

Presentation of Mr Sakthivel Selvaraj

Presentation of Mrs Sandhya Srinivasan

Presentation of Mr Satya Sivaraman

Presentation of Mr Y Madhavi - N Raghuram

For more information on the conference contact:
Sanjai Sharma
Director, Peoples’ Health Rights Initiative
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