Healthcare facilities in Kolkata are slowly lapsing into a coma
The death of almost 90 people in the AMRI hospital in Kolkata due to a fire is shocking (Hospital holocaust in Kolkata, December 10). It's a shame that there's no system to ensure that public institutions follow basic but important rules and regulations, especially those related to fire safety. This is not the first time that negligence has resulted in such an incident in Kolkata. Recently, almost 13 infants died at the Burdwan Medical College and Hosp-ital. This shows that improving healthcare facilities in the state in not a priority for the chief minister, who needs to do more than just getting the six directors of the AMRI hospital arrested and cancelling the hospital's licence.
Siri Wasan, Noida
The symptoms of total apathy
With reference to the editorial Doctor, I'm in trouble (The Pundit, December 7), it is only in India that one expect a public body to propose a scheme of distributing medical degrees to students who have repeatedly failed the exam. Why are our politicians making a mockery of a respectable profession? As the editorial rightly states, even if the proposal is accepted, it won't help the cause of students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.
LR Sabharwal, via email
For whom the polls toll
This refers to the report Anna on fast, govt looks for stomach to fight back (December 11). The UPA is playing with fire by ignoring Anna Hazare's demand for passing a strong Lokpal Bill. People are tired of the UPA's false promises. Today, corruption is the biggest social problem and it's prevalent at every level of governance. If the UPA finds it tough to accept Hazare's demands then it should accept its failure and announce fresh elections.
GC Verma, Delhi
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