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I am confused....

We are a confused lot. We mean – Health care professionals. Well not all, but very many of us.
There was a time when “call” was pre-eminent or rather the reason for any health care involvement….I mean Call of The King. The Call of the King has been replaced by call of My Desires. My desire for a good “career” supersedes all other calls. Career is a good call but it has replaced the better one – The call for a greater purpose. Some where we have forgotten – that seek first the Kingdom……added unto to you….. Verse.
Those who keep the King’s Call as pre-eminent also are confused. For some, King’s call is for Soul and my call is for Body. Since Body is material and Soul is spiritual, the higher spiritual call supersedes the lower physical call and so Medical work becomes secondary to Spiritual work. One forgets that the Body Spirit and Soul are part of the same individual!
There was an era when “compassion” was the inner motivation for caring, the constraint of Love…This constraint has been r…

A legal response to the issue of Safe Blood

1.This representation seeks to bring to the notice an issue of grave national importance and is an urgent demand for justice. This relates to the state of blood transfusion services in the country, and the need to conduct a review of the existing legislation and rules pertaining to the collection, storage, urgent supply and transfusion of blood and blood-products because of the difficulties encountered by both patients and medical service providers, particularly in rural areas.
2.Blood is an essential component of the body, which provides sustenance to life. Blood to the needy patients’ is a subject of human life and death. Blood for transfusion can either be made available through services of Blood banks or can be taken from a donor and after doing all the tests, directly given to the patient without “banking” or storing. This is termed as Unbanked Directed Blood Transfusion(“UDBT”).
3.The services of blood banks was started and improved by the Government to improve the supply of blo…

Alternative to Civil disobedience for Safe Blood...

So – are there alternative solutions other than breaking the law or allowing people to explore accessing care elsewhere?

Yes, a few…
One – set up blood banks – 15 to 20 Lacs for building and equipment, trained manpower and a series of inspections and licenses, which need to be renewed every few years. Realistic – yes in potentially 15% of the current contexts where Blood is required…
Two – Accredit yourself as Storage Centers of an existing Bank. Within a limited distance only, need to have Bank which can allow these storage centers. Need to keep “X” number of Blood always and return and replace….Realistic – tried but failed…..
Three – collect blood from nearby banks in emergency – but if the nearest is 30 to 100 kms away…..will the patient remain alive till then….When the received blood has a PCV of less than 10 or Hb of 3 or 4, or when one finds that the received blood is HIV positive and or if the patient has to shell out anywhere between 2000 to 5000/- for one bottle of blood…?
Fourth …

When Legal and Moral compulsions collide….

1It is wrong….
It is legally wrong to possess blood bags, or at least found possessing the same. It is wrong to “create blood” by bleeding a donor, even if it is the wife or husband who wants to save his or her spouses life, is the donor. Not just wrong, but wrong enough to put few unsuspecting lab technicians to jail who just obeyed orders of Doctors who had no other option, than to bleed, when faced with a moral dilemma. It is wrong  to bleed and transfuse blood even if you see life ebbing away in front of you, though you as a trained Medical Practioner  knows what can be done. 2it is not wrong…

It is morally not wrong to save lives. It is not wrong to do all what you can, to prevent people who could have otherwise succumbed to the illness by  life giving treatment modalities. It is not wrong for a loving husband or wife to donate his or her blood to his or her spouse. 3but when wrong is right and right is wrong….
But when the legally wrong is morally right and when morally right is le…