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New VC fund for India's pharma industry

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28-Jun-15 As part of the Make in India strategy, India's government plans to set up a INR5 bn (USD79 mn) fund to boost the domestic pharma industry and provide cheaper loans for manufacturing. It is also considering single window clearance for drug approvals, to help rejuvenate the local pharma sector and make medicines more affordable. [image: ET Healthworld]

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More patients bouncing in and out of Australian hospitals

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25-Jun-15 Australian hospital readmission rates are up to 40% higher than previously believed, according to new data, raising questions about patients being discharged too early. "It's really for the hospitals to look at the numbers and identify whether the care under their control can be improved", said the head of the NSW Bureau of Health Information. [image: MJA Insight]

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Hong Kong hospitals must fast-track e-prescription

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25-Jun-15 Medication errors cause most "serious untoward events" in Hong Kong's public hospitals, the most frequent being wrong dosage. Such problems caused by doctors' heavy workload and an outdated dispensary system are being addressed by an e-prescription system which is to be installed in 17 hospitals by Dec-18, with up to 30% reduction in medication errors. [image: South Morning China Post_Jonathan Wong]

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Delhi government takes steps to fulfil doctors’ demands

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25-Jun-15 Following a strike over working hours and safety at work by resident doctors in Delhi, the State Health Department has initiated steps such as deploying more Home Guards, ensuring availability of generic medicines and introducing more staff in all Delhi Government hospitals. [image: Deccan Herald]

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