‘Governments have opened up the health sector to private parties’
Janakeeya Manushyavakasha Prasthanam, a human rights organisation, has called for stern action against hospitals that have allegedly carried out unethical clinical trials on patients from impoverished backgrounds.
Addressing a press conference here, Hari P.G., the president of the organisation, said that successive governments had followed a policy of opening up the health sector to private parties.
He accused that revelation of unethical clinical trials through which the Central government is eyeing a profit to the tune of Rs. 20,000 crore, is only a continuation of that policy.
The organisation called for a mechanism to examine and inquire into the functioning of private hospitals. The government should take immediate steps to correct the flawed policy that relegated humans into guinea pigs for drug companies and every single person who collided with that should be brought to books.
Mr. Hari said that the accused hospitals and research centres had flouted all guidelines issued by the Indian Council for Medical Research in connection with clinical trials. He alleged that poor patients approaching free medical camps had fallen victims to the unethical trials. The argument that the consent of the patients had been procured before the trials did not hold water as the consent was not an informed one. The poor patients were merely lured in by the prospects of receiving free treatment, he said.
Prashanth. S, vice-president of the organisation; Thushar, secretary, and Joly Chirayathu, treasurer, were also present.