In reality violence against doctors is a law and order problem. But cleverly blame is put on doctors. Doctors can not treat mobs. That too with limited resources. Recent attack on doctors at hospital is another example of lawless and uncivilized society. Doctors have become punching bags for all the malaise and inadequacy of prevalent health system. It is really appalling to see the impunity with which these incidents are happening.
Resident doctors of Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital in Mangolpuri Delhi are on strike for the second day. The doctors went on a flash strike on Monday after one of the doctors was attacked by a mob. They were carrying knives and wanted to kill the doctor.
Government ‘s unwillingness or failure to assure doctor’s protection will have deep ramifications on future of medical profession. Role of organizations like Human right commission and other right’s bodies is also questionable. Doctor bodies have also failed to take some concrete action other than showing some concern. Role of media, celebrities, film stars in spreading the hatred against medical profession as a whole is unpardonable.
Every incident of verbal, legal, physical assault is a trust breaker. It will hit trust and empathy of doctors towards patients. Patients will get their revenge for naturally occurring disease, but society will be looser in the long run. Since the authorities, who matter have chosen to remain silent on the issue, doctors will have to find some way to save themselves.