Professional codes, dual loyalties and the spotlight on corruption

The ugly but well known and hitherto cheerfully accepted phenomenon of corruption in the health system has once again come to haunt the healthcare professions in India. It is no accident of history that the birth of The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics was intimately connected to the brazen corruption evident in the Maharashtra Medical Council....

After presumed consent: a review of organ donation in Singapore

Singapore was the first Commonwealth country to enact, in 1987, a presumed consent law for organ donation. Referred to as the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA), it applied only to persons between the ages of 21 and 60 years who had suffered accidental deaths certified by the criteria of brain death or cardiac death....

The SUPPORT controversy and learnings

Over the past year, the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial (SUPPORT) has generated yet another rich debate relating to the study of treatments that fall within the standard of care. This was triggered by the investigational intervention – the compliance-oversight determination letter (2) – by the Office for Human Research Protections...

Assessing capabilities in India today and the role of "outside" opinions

We have followed the exchange of comments between Dr Sankaranarayanan and Dr Suba closely and with interest, but also with rising concern that this angry dialogue will eventually harm rather than benefit the goal to which both aspire (and have devoted considerable effort and time)...

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