Doctor’s assault (CMC Ludhiana): Every incident hits doctor’s compassion towards patients


Discussion always revolves around the trust of the patients on the doctor. But in reality, situation is getting different gradually. Empathy, sympathy, compassion and trust  of the doctor towards the patient  are important factors during the treatment.  Everyday  the news of assaults on doctors, court cases against doctors, negative projection of the medical profession   in the media are viewed  by doctor’s community anxiously. Recent senseless attack  on doctor in Christian medical college Ludhiana is another example. Merely taking some action after protest will not solve the problem. It does not compensate for the  damage done to medical profession. Also it erodes the trust and compassion of doctors towards patients.

          Formal and informal discussions among medical professional at various forums  have taken a center stage about the changing scenario. It  gives a perception that patients are loosing faith in doctors. That perception is not incorrect. But what remains hidden is that every incidence of verbal, legal, and physical assault  brings some kind of feeling of insecurity in minds of all doctors, who deal with patients.

                    This insecurity or fear of the uncertainty tends to affect the thinking process of doctors and the way they practice medicine or deal with the patients. Many will like to be defensive in practice, or try not to treat very sick patients.  Why would someone try complex surgeries with risk involved? Few will limit themselves to follow protocols. Going extra mile with risk, which not everyone will like to take. Many will become health managers or  do something else than do active clinical work. Who should risk his life while doing routine work? Brilliant students  will not be inspired to be doctors.

  Every incidence of verbal, legal, and physical assault is a trust breaker. It is not only erosion of patient’s trust on doctors but the vice versa is also true.  As  a rule of nature, as violence increases, compassion decreases. Patients might get their revenge for the disease, but they will lose compassion and trust of doctors in the long run.

 

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  1. It’s already there in small cities. Doctors started saving their skin and lives before the patiets life. Those hospitals taking serious patients are at their own risks to life or property. Patient attendants are becoming extra cautious about every thing and at times the doctor is pithed about every bull shit to explain each and every line of test result, line of treatment to their full satisfaction and at times advise you about treatment

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  2. It’s already there in small cities. Doctors started saving their skin and lives before the patiets life. Those hospitals taking serious patients are at their own risks to life or property. Patient attendants are becoming extra cautious about every thing and at times the doctor is pithed about every bull shit to explain each and every line of test result, line of treatment to their full satisfaction and at times advise you about treatment

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