Episode 4 of IMA’s Wealth of Health Podcast series takes a long hard look at the travails of resident doctors across the public healthcare hospitals of India. Dr Jayesh Manohar Lele speaks with a young Resident doctor who works in a Mumbai hospital.
The Resident doctor, who requested IMA give him a fictitious name for the conversation, spoke of the alarming work conditions of resident doctors whose work pressures often see them putting in more than 24 straight hours at work, living in cramped, terribly unhygienic and near-dilapidated accommodation often lacking basic facilities, and eating food prepared in dirty, rat-infested kitchens. It’s a shocking story!
The Indian Medical Association launched the Wealth of Health Podcast series on World TB Day, which fell on Sunday, the 24th of March 2019. Now, the Indian Medical Association is the only representative voluntary organization of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine, and which looks after the interest of doctors as well as the well being of the community at large. And therefore, what, to our mind, is truly laudable, is that the IMA is probably the first representative, not-for-profit voluntary body of its size and stature in India that has launched a podcast series.
For a body that was created way back in 1928, this is definitely an extremely progressive initiative.