Work on reducing hospital costs: Moily

Work on reducing hospital costs: Moily

 Students of St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences cheering at the Graduation Day celebrations in  Bangalore on Saturday. dh Photo

Delivering the convocation address at St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences on Saturday, he said, “Today, we are exporting our brains and then we are importing technology at an exorbitant cost.”

The Government must frame rules to discourage brain drain.

“We have the best institutes and best brains. We are able to train them, but not retain them in India,” he said.

Presently, we are a young nation. In a period of 30 years we will become an aged nation. “We are now at the threshold of a window of opportunity which needs to be taken as a challenge and transformed into an opportunity,” he added.

He called for an overhaul of the medical curriculum and practice system and a shift from ‘disease focused’ and ‘doctor-centric’ to a system where the nurse and pharmacist played the role of a health coach.

Medical ethics

Talking about medical ethics, he said medical practice had become an industry with tradable products and services and ethical norms have changed to legal rights and duties being enforced by civil and criminal courts.

“Medical schools should consider introducing appropriate additional courses in law and ethics and make it compulsory for all graduate students,” he said.

The graduating students belonged to undergraduate, postgraduate, superspecialty and doctoral programmes. Professor of General Medicine Dr Girija Singh was given the Pioneer’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the year 2009, while Dr Adithya P won the Pope Paul VI Prize and Medal for the best all-round MBBS student admitted in 2002.
Final year student Gopal Menon has won four awards for scoring the highest marks in General Surgery, Ophthalmology and competitive exam in Ethics and ENT.

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