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These deaths were not inevitable: the COVID-19 crisis is the result of inadequate healthcare

The Indian government has destroyed the country’s healthcare system. Now everyone is paying the price

These deaths were not inevitable: the COVID-19 crisis is the result of inadequate healthcare

The Indian government has destroyed the country’s healthcare system. Now everyone is paying the price

These deaths were not inevitable: the COVID-19 crisis is the result of inadequate healthcare

The Indian government has destroyed the country’s healthcare system. Now everyone is paying the price

These deaths were not inevitable: the COVID-19 crisis is the result of inadequate healthcare

The Indian government has destroyed the country’s healthcare system. Now everyone is paying the price

The horrific situation in India’s hospitals shows the extent of the authorities’ failure.

In a devastating article in the Guardian, Arundhati Roy writes of the way the government-controlled media in India are covering the current crisis. On every channel, news presenters speak of the virus “overwhelming the healthcare system.” It makes it sound like a tsunami, an unstoppable force of nature for which no one could be held responsible.

But, as Roy points out: “The system has not collapsed. “The system” barely existed.”

The tragedy that is currently unfolding cannot be blamed on bad luck. It was preventable. It is happening because the current government, and the Congress government that preceded it, have let India’s healthcare infrastructure crumble into a state of total disrepair.

What we are witnessing now is the direct result of the political decision to prioritise economic growth over people’s health.

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