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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
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20th February, 2018
Two judgements that have changed the practice of medicine in UK will have repercussions in Asian countries too

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The practice of medicine has evolved from ‘paternalism’ to ‘patient-centered care’ typified by shared decision making.
Two recent judgements, the Montgomery case and Dr Bawa-Garba case, both in the UK, reflect this changing trend in the doctor-patient relationship. These cases, which have become landmark cases, will shape the practice of medicine in UK, but their repercussions will be felt in Asian countries too including India.

Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board 2015

Nadine Montgomery, a molecular biologist at Glasgow University, gave birth to a baby boy in October 1999 at Lanarkshire. Hers was a high risk pregnancy that required intensive monitoring owing to the fact that she was small statured and had insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. .... read more

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Safe disposal of medical waste is a must
This is not just at the hospital level but also in our homes
 
New Delhi, 19th February 2018: A recent survey by ASSOCHAM has indicated that about 5,900 tonnes of bio-medical waste is generated in Delhi and NCR (national capital region) alone, with the share of Delhi alone being roughly about 2,200 tonnes. NCR, consisting of Noida/Greater Noida, creates 1,200 tonnes of bio-medical waste and Gurugram produces 1,100 tonnes of such waste, while Ghaziabad's share is estimated at around 800 tonnes.
 
This situation is made worse by the fact that most of this waste remains untreated and dumped with municipal waste causing serious health and environmental hazard.
Bio-medical waste means any waste, which is generated during the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals or in research activities pertaining thereto or in the production or testing of biologicals.
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