The discussion took off on a positive note, but soon changed into a blame game as a government healthcare official started criticising private hospitals for the increased cost of treatment and their lack of research.
Moreover, the official also boasted about the government sector and provisions provided by the state health department.
The criticism was not taken lightly by the private healthcare professionals as the guests who followed the government official began to speak on the government department’s role in improving healthcare facilities as the public continues to suffer.
As more and more private doctors spoke, the forum became an opportunity for the private healthcare sector to boast about the high-end technology and equipment they possess which the government system does not.
With both sides criticising each other and blaming the other for the problems common people face, improving paediatric care was hardly discussed at all.
Amused at this, health reporters present at the event began to wonder if it was a discussion on healthcare that they were witnessing or a political party meet.
—Shweta Tripathi, Chennai