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Name and shame Gynacologists who conduct unnecessary C-sections: Maneka Gandhi

Name and shame Gynacologists who conduct unnecessary C-sections: Maneka Gandhi

Doctors who carry out Caesarean operations without a valid medical reason must be “named and shamed”, said Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi who has also written to the health minister on the issue. Gandhi wants Health Minister J P Nadda to make it mandatory for hospitals to display their rate of Caesarean, also known as C-section, deliveries in response to a petition against hospitals and doctors profiteering by pushing women towards surgical deliveries instead of natural vaginal birth.

The petition has received 1.3 lakh signatures so far. “We would probably need multiple methods to attack this problem. One could be mandating the nursing homes and hospitals to publicly display the number of C-section deliveries vis-a-vis the normal deliveries during the month,” Gandhi wrote in her letter to Nadda.

“We would like naming and shaming of gynecologists who do Caesarean deliveries for no reason at all except money. I would like all women in India to get together and start protesting because a Caesarean for a woman is very invasive, and it turns a natural delivery into something that is an unnecessary operation,” Gandhi told reporters.

Subharna Ghosh, who started the petition on says if hospitals compulsorily display their rate of Caesarean operations, it will help women make an informed choice.

“Women need to be made aware of the C-section percentages of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully.” The petition also demands “enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate” and “clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean surgery to safeguard the health and rights of women and children”.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) norms prescribe that C-section deliveries should ideally be 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in the country. However, according to the National Family Health Survey 2015-16, the combined Caesarean section rate in both government and private hospitals is as high as 58 per cent in Telangana and 34.1 per cent in Tamil Nadu. The rate of Caesarean section deliveries in private hospitals alone is as high as 70.9 per cent in West Bengal and 74.9 per cent in Telangana.

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  1. Totally agree with maneka gandhi.. Most of medicos will still defend obstetricians despite this fact that it is their regular practice to make fast unethical money for their benefits rather than wait for natural birth occurrence for patients benefits. MCI should include it in code of medical ethics and whoever found guilty of it should ban practicing for lifetime nothing less…

  2. A doctors profession today.
    MORAL: what ever a doctor does is never good for a patient is what a society feels.If you stop cesarean section then the mortality rate of infants will be almost 50%. mortality rate of mothers almost 10%. God forgive the ignorant s for they do not know what is good for them.

  3. Let the crappy MCI ask Menka Gandhi that who will decide which cesarean is necessary, which i snot.

  4. This is my considered opinion.

    we as doctors should realise like Caesers wife.. we carry the burden of perception of the populace at large..

    Let the MCI set up a body to look into all such loosely delivered comments.

    The body should be composed of .. members like the profession and it should co opt members from without the profession.

    the pronouncement of this body should be circulated.. it will have some weight.

    Lets say. the body pronounces a judgement.. that every hospital has a board to ratify all the planned cesarean indications.. and to comment on the emergency cesareans..

    these statistics can be openly shown without prejudice to anybody..

    lets do it before a lawyer or judge is appointed to head such a committee.

    IS MCI listening..

  5. Just giving a blind opinion without really knowing the health care structure of our country….and the lack of support systems in our system to encounter any risk that may follow if we aim for only labour naturale is the limitation, .does she give an assurance to all gynaecologists that they would not be liable before the court of law,if any dispute arises,or does the court of law just dismiss the case and award the gynaecologist….just stating…the doctor delivered normally ,hence the outcome of child is out of question.