Unparalleled sacrifice by medical community during pandemic has not resulted in any enhancement of respect or prestige to the medical profession. It was not enough to stop physical or verbal assaults, legal or financial exploitation. It was not sufficient to alter the course of oppression by administrators or moral blackmail by society. Sadly it is getting more worse. Doctors and nurse have been reduced to sacrificial lambs, that are easily slayed, when administrators tend to put themselves on high moral pedestals.
Financial and legal complexities have been the major side effects of modern medicine, especially for doctors. They are facing complex environment, which are beyond their control. Besides financial and legal complexities, moral dilemmas, facing verbal and physical assaults are creating complex working conditions. But if doctors are not able to work, who will be the sufferer, does not need an Einstein brain to guess. Criticized by administrators despite their sacrifice, media insults are adding to their disillusionment and possibly a withdrawal response.
Over 90 gazetted medical officers posted in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra have resigned today from their service allegedly due to consistent harassment by the administration and District Collector MD Singh.
These doctors have been serving at the civil hospital, sub-district and rural hospitals and primary health centres in various capacities.
In a letter written to the government today, Dr Rajesh Gaikwad and Dr Pramod Rakshamwar, both office bearers of the Maharashtra Association Of Government Medical Officers, says, “Despite marathon efforts by the doctors throughout the pandemic, administrative officers and DM is mistreating the doctors which has led to resentment among entire fraternity.”
Such incidents are not only painful to the medical fraternity but also expose the hypocritical attitude of the administrators as well as the insensitive approach of society towards health care workers, although everyone expects doctors and nurses to be sensitive towards everyone else. Such indifferent attitude demoralizes and causes deep discouragement to the front line doctor and nurses, but sadly remains a routine business for administrators. The pain of being treated like a dispensable disposables remains as a deep hurt within.