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World Health Day marks the creation of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO was established in 1948 to provide direction to global health policy to ensure quality healthcare for all. Seven decades on, one of its major failures has been its reticence to take decisive steps to promote the role of the public sector in the provision of universal healthcare, as well as meaningfully contribute to the regulation of the private sector.
Public health activists and health sector trade unions have a common interest in a strong and accountable health system that ensures quality services. In India, a rapidly expanding private sector (that is pushing the commercialisation of services even within public facilities) is entrenching profiteering at the cost of people’s health and decent work.
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