The consequence and reverberations of the slap landed on the doctor, subsequent to the death of patient in CMRI hospital Kolkata, are more than routine. Media and celebrities usually have proudly projected on screen and television that doctors can be beaten and assaulted, in case there are unexpected results or in case of dissatisfaction. But the news is viewed by medical community anxiously and is definitely a poor advertisement for younger generation to take medicine as profession. As incidents are widely publicized and masses following their “Reel Heroes” depicting violence against the doctor is seen as a routine and looked as an easily do-able adventure due to non-willingness of authorities to take stringent action.
In such cases, everybody seems to get falsely satisfaction by the fact that the doctor must have been the culprit, who was unable to save the patient. Medical community becomes anxious as the fear of more brazen attacks as the incidents can trigger many more. As patients will continue to get treatment in hospitals and few cannot be saved, so every death declaration may be a harbinger to such attacks in future.
Doctors will be scared and avoid risky patients or difficult surgeries may be avoided.
There can be complications or genuine poor prognosis. Even mistakes and errors are part of treatment. The problem is that soft skills, deep knowledge and polite behavior is now been taken as weakness of doctors and not helping them anymore. A notion that assaulting a doctor under emotional outburst is taken as normal and should not be punished.
Brutality against doctors reveals a deep prejudice and lawlessness, merely on the basis of perceived negligence. Government is either unwilling to act and establish a strong culture of deterrence, so justice been elusive for medical professionals.
Even murderous assaults on doctors are not enough to shake administrators, courts and doctors’ body out of slumber. Definitely such violence, if unabated will be poor advertisement for next generation to take medical profession as a first choice.
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