ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Social and Cultural Foundations of Health Services Systems

The new leadership of the health services system after Independence readily committed itself to providing good health services to the vast masses of people of the country, but for this it did not consider it necessary to bring about any basic changes in the system. The colonels of the Indian Medical Service, by then greatly depleted by the withdrawal of the British, and the Brown Englishmen were assigned the very much more challenging task of building the new health services system for India, Medical colleges grew very rapidly and poured out large numbers of physicians who were mostly alienated from the masses of the people. A number of hospitals were opened in the urban areas. Out of the limited resources that were made available for providing preventive services for rural areas, the colonels, with strong "persuasion" from foreign consultants, set aside big chunks for running mass campaigns against specific diseases

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