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Doctors in the pay of politicians

Corruption has undermined Indian institutions, including the medical profession

Doctors in the pay of politicians

Corruption has undermined Indian institutions, including the medical profession

Doctors in the pay of politicians

Corruption has undermined Indian institutions, including the medical profession

Doctors in the pay of politicians

Corruption has undermined Indian institutions, including the medical profession

Of all public services, health care should be the least susceptible to corruption. Yet there is ample evidence that our medical institutions have been so weakened that they are ready to crumble.

It isn’t just a question of the lack of resources and inadequacy of the health care they provide; it lies in the integrity of the medical staff themselves, and the inability of the institution as a whole to withstand political pressure.

Raghu Rama Raju, the MP from Andhra Pradesh who was tortured while in police custody in May 2021, was sent to the Guntur Government Hospital by the magistrate to obtain professional confirmation that his injuries were the result of violence. He was examined by a medical board, headed by the hospital Superintendent, who submitted a report to the High Court. According to their testimony, Mr Raju was uninjured and in good health.

Raju himself tells a different story. He was not given an examination at all. In other words, the medical board at the government hospital lied.

He was unable to walk at the time, and photographs show the marks of beating on his feet and scars from the hot wires that were tied around his legs. It doesn’t take a medical degree to see that such marks were the result of what are euphemistically termed “third degree methods”. Yet the doctors stated that he had no injuries.

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