While parting ways, the BJP has blamed Shiv Sena for the breakup. Now all eyes are on Congress and NCP alliance
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its oldest ally Shiv Sena have finally decided to part ways ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections. This would make the elections in the state more interesting, as there are reports of a possible split between the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) headed by Sharad Pawar. However, both the parties have not taken any decision on whether to contest elections on their own or remain as partners.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Devendra Fadnavis, state president of BJP blamed Shiv Sena for not showing any flexibility in seat sharing. There are 288 seats in Maharashtra Assembly and Shiv Sena had proposed to retain 150 seats for itself, 120 for BJP and rest for their alliance partners.
This follows the failure of talks between the two parties after Shiv Sena refused to accept BJP’s demand for contesting seats more than the last Assembly elections.
The development also comes just two days ahead of the last date for filing of nominations in the elections to the 288-member Assembly.
Be a pest and ask questions, before medical negligence ends up causing serious problems
Many years ago, a typically British-humour movie series had titles starting with “Carry On…” One was a film called “Carry On, Doctor”. The protagonist was a rather nasal surgeon in charge of an operation. Having completed his ‘procedure’, he raised his hand to check the time. Oh! My God! Where was the wrist watch?
Then follows the punch line. “And it’s an alarm.” Medical negligence; with daily warnings to boot.
Law has come a long way since this ‘bells and whistle’ episode. We have heard of cotton and gauze being tucked away in tummies. An article in a previous issue of Moneylife had a reference to mixed up ears while operating. And many more.
What follows are real-life experiences involving the author personally. While lying on the operating table for a broken femur, a nurse sounded a warning. “…make sure the doctor operates on the correct leg. He had once opened up the wrong knee of a woman.” Thanks, miss, but why not simply paint the leg to be cut up? Or tag it with a large sign?
In the mid-1970s, an 80-year-old patient on the next bed was in agonising pain. He had to be tied down; sides of the bed raised to cradle him, sedation had to be given to control him. He had just been through a skin graft, following gangrene. The operation was absolutely perfect. After all, Dr Dastur never made mistakes. The nurses swore that “no patient ever has any complications.”
Maybe THAT was the problem. Complacency. After a most successful surgery, the patient was moved to the general ward for recovery. He was now under the physician’s care. A senior doctor, the physician, would troop in every morning, retinue of medicos in his wake, and shout instructions left, right and centre. Awe was the prevalent emotion. On Monday, the old man was more than active. On Thursday, the physician deigned to stop at his bed for longer than the mandatory one second. The man was sinking from acute bowel movements. “Oh, my God. You’re feeding milk to a diarrhoea patient?” Nearly 40 years later, the doctor’s exact words still ring in my ears.
The old man died that night.
Wrong medicines, incorrect nursing, over-burdened staff, rent-seeking cleaners, all combine to make the hospital a disaster zone. No wonder, medical negligence practice is the lawyers’ new frontier. In fact, this very article had its birth in an advertisement for a certificate course for advocates specialising in this now-lucrative field.
You be the judge.
Who was at fault? That is the question that must be answered. If there is a malady (pun intended), there has to be a remedy. In the instant case, it was the hospital, no doubt. And the doctor physician and his staff of medicos. Yet, having seen this episode unfolding for four days, blame must also lie with the old man’s son. He would visit his father for a couple of minutes each evening, just to pay the private wardboy his daily wages and disappear.
In today’s world, the whole team would have been hauled over the coals. Manslaughter would have been too mild a charge. Forget costs. Imprisonment would definitely have followed. The old man did not die. He was killed. Negligence, at its utmost. Duty of care, at its nadir. It happened; it may still be happening; it will continue to happen.
So what does the public do? Just as eternal vigilance is the price one pays for democracy and freedom, constant enquiry will save your kin. Ask questions. The doctor is bound to answer. Ensure that there is no mix-up in the application of medicines and treatment. And bring any obvious fault to the notice of the management. In short, you have the right. Please enforce it. Even when hospitalisation is free.
Bapoo Malcolm is a practising lawyer in Mumbai.
As long as Nifty stays above the day's low, the index may book some gain
We mentioned on Wednesday that if the Indian indices rally, they will be met by selling.
The indices traded for a few minutes in the green initially on Thursday after which it started going lower. The launch of the “Make in India” initiative also did not stop the indices from going further lower for the third consecutive session.
The S&P BSE Sensex opened at 26,809 while the NSE's CNX Nifty opened at 8,003.
Sensex moved lower to the level of 26,350 after reaching up to 26,814 while Nifty moved from 8,019 to the level of 7,877. Sensex closed at 26,468 (down 276 points or 1.03%) while Nifty closed at 7,912 (down 91 points or 1.13%). India VIX rose 6.08% to close at 13.2975.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the 'Make in India' campaign which is aimed at making the country a global manufacturing hub.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) once again deferred a decision on revising gas prices. It has been deferred for a third time in view of next month's assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana.
Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said in a speech at Mumbai that India suffered from persistent inflation and we have got to break this persistence. "Once we do it we can be much more comfortable," he said. All the banking stocks in the Sensex 30 stock were among the losers today. Axis Bank (4.64%), SBI (4.38%), ICICI Bank (3.28%), HDFC Bank (0.31%) were among the losers.
Dr Reddy's Lab (2.52%) was among the top three gainers in ‘A’ group on the BSE and it was the top gainer in the Sensex 30 pack. The stock hit its 52-week high today. It has launched the Levalbuterol Inhalation Solution, USP 0.31 mg /3 mL, 0.63 mg /3 mL, 1.25 mg / 3 mL Unit-Dose Vials, a therapeutic equivalent generic version of XOPENEX® (levalbuterol hydrochloride) inhalation solution in the US market. The XOPENEX® (levalbuterol hydrochloride) inhalation solution brand and generic combined had US sales of approximately $269.7 Million MAT for the most recent twelve months ending in June 2014 according to IMS Health. Levalbuterol Inhalation Solution, USP is only for use with a nebulizer.
Jaiprakash Associates (19.15%) and Jaiprakash Power Ventures (13.92%) were among the top two losers in ‘A’ group on the BSE. Both the stocks hit their 52-week lows today.
Reliance Power called off its discussions with Jaiprakash Power to buy three hydropower projects. Jaiprakash Power announced that for reasons not attributable to any regulatory uncertainties but due to difference of commercial aspects, discussion with Reliance Power has been called off.
US indices closed in the positive on Wednesday. The data showed new-home sales in US surged in August to the highest level in more than six years.
Asian indices showed mixed performance. Nikkei 225 (1.28%) was the top gainer while Taiwan Weighted (0.96%) was the top loser.
European indices were showing mixed trading while US Futures were trading flat.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the ECB could use additional unconventional policy measures if it felt that its inflation target was under threat.