management of Gopalji Damji Hospital decides to compulsorily retire a number of
its most senior doctors, no one expects the matter to snowball into a major
public relations disaster. But this is precisely what happens. One of the
trustees, Prashant Kadakia, leaks the story to a friendly newspaper reporter,
whose own father had died in the same hospital just two months before.
in the hospital, a tussle for control is going on. The employees demand a heavy
bonus, which the trustees cannot afford. The employees threaten to go on
strike. The adverse publicity continues until the board decides to replace the
Medical Director. The trustee, Kadakia, opens another avenue with the help of
some Indian friends living in the US. They infuse the necessary funds to get the
hospital on its feet again but the real challenge is to overthrow the existing
board of trustees and get the hospital going again. To succeed in this and to become
chairman himself, Kadakia has to walk a tight rope, and douse a number of fires
that threaten to cripple the institution forever.
Ghoshal is a healthcare writer with over 27 years of full time experience in
mainstream newspapers and magazines in Mumbai, mostly with the Indian Express.
He worked in a senior position with Business India magazine, writing extensively
on pharmaceuticals, healthcare delivery, biotechnology and life sciences.
Earlier, he was Associate Editor with Pharmabiz Hospital Review, a fortnightly
paper for the Indian healthcare industry. In the past, he has also written
articles for the LANCET, Canadian Medical Association Journal and the Medical
Post of Toronto.
entered the world of newspapers in September 1986 about four years after
completing his medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal. Those four
years were spent in working as a resident doctor in leading hospitals in
Mumbai, and provided a rich backdrop for his work in journalism later on. Currently,
he is Managing Editor with Healthcare Executive, a monthly magazine for top
executives of Indian hospitals. Unhealthy Practices is his first attempt at