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IMA demands deletion of content in NCERT class-VII textbook as it depicts private healthcare services in poor light

Swati Rana, Mumbai
Friday, July 17, 2015, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded deletion of some contents in the National Council Of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) text book for Class VII which depicts the private healthcare services in bad light as it says that in order to earn more money, the private healthcare services encourage practices that are incorrect.

Taking strong exception to the description of private healthcare services in NCERT's social science text book for class VII students, the association has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter for deleting and rewriting the chapter.

The subject social political life II in chapter 2 of NCERT text book for class VII contains a chapter named 'Role of government in health' which says that in order to earn more money, the private health services encourage practices that are incorrect. At times cheaper methods though available are not used. It also states it is common to find doctors prescribing unnecessary medicines, injections or saline bottles when tablets or simple medicine can suffice.

In the book on page 22-23, a comic strip is also included which writes above the difference in treatment in public and private hospitals. In that it has been shown that cost of the same illness is Rs. 3,500 in private sector and Rs. 150 in the government sector.

Dr.(Prof) A Marthanda Pillai, national president of IMA said the message which will go to the students is that private sector fleece money. However it does not take into account the cost of infrastructure, medical equipments, staff salary, doctors salary, cost of attached medical colleges, etc. when calculating the cost of a government prescription. There is no way the cost of government sector can be compared with the cost of private sector without taking into consideration the above factors.

Dr. Shivkumar Utture, working committee member of IMA says, “We are against the content that is presented in the text book of NCERT regarding the private hospital and we have demanded to delete the content. We have written to HRD minister and NCERT for the deletion of content.”

IMA believes these types of phrases in NCERT text book will brainwash the minds of students and reduce their faith in the private healthcare services. The students of class VII are too young to take their decisions and judgments, these types of teachings will spoil the patient-doctor relationship.

NCERT is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the government of India to assist and advise the central and state governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education.


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SSB Jul 18, 2015 8:03 AM
Before deletion or rewriting the chapter, sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi why government sector cannot be compared with the private sector ?
ghostrider Jul 17, 2015 6:59 PM
NCERT has commented on expensive medical solutions prescribed and NOT a doctor's Fee!!! IMA is wrongly interpreting NCERT to save unethical private doctors.
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