Dr. Rajendra Achyut Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre and Professor & Head, Department of Surgical Oncology Tata memorial Hospital, Mumbai gave a lecture on “Cancer care in India” as the recipient of the14th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management.
Shri Anil Shastri, Former Union Minister and Chairman, Board of Governors, LBSIM delivered the welcome address.
In an inspiring lecture in a packed auditorium, Dr Badwe spoke about the Bertrand Russell’s principle of strict governance in non-sharable resources and incentives/appreciation for shareable outputs.
He also spoke of the need for offering cost effective alternatives to ill effects of market forces invading healthcare sector by following a simple dictum of “Health is not a business but needs to be run like one”
He concluded by saying that we have much to do to improve the outcome of those who suffer from cancer and we need to deliver evidence based treatment, create adequate infra- structure and caring human resource over the coming decades.
Health care delivery is not a business where one can create need (disease) in society. In contrast the endpoint of health care is zero disease in society and health for all.
At the same time this is an endeavour that needs to be run like a business with quality control, quality improvement and accountability for every action. In summary this is the only business that evolves towards its own irrelevance.
About Dr. Rajendra Achyut Badwe
Recipient of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award, 2013
Dr. Rajendra Achyut Badwe is currently Director, Tata Memorial Centre, Professor & Head Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Dr. Badwe is an international opinion leader in oncology, developing breast cancer care strategies, innovative research, integrating delivery systems, improving quality and cancer management programs and capacity building of staff on cancer care delivery strategy and practice issues.
His original research "On Timing of Surgery during The Menstrual Cycle for Operable BreastCancer" has led to a paradigm shift in understanding of cancer biology and evolved cost- effective life-saving treatment globally.
A Dorab Tata Scholar (1974- 1978), Dr Badwe has been a recipient of several prestigious international and national awards, the most recent being the Padma Shri in 2013. His significant accomplishments in leadership in cancer care are a testimony to his role as a mentor in developing the cancer care strategy for Government of India and WHO.
He leads the Innovation Council for Cancer Research and the team that is planning the national cancer centre for Government of India.