Doctor' suicide or murder by media trial
Aspiring doctors, especially those who spend millions and golden years of life to become doctors, should know the reality of present era. How cruel the society has become towards doctors.
Struggling to become a doctor, slogging in wards to learn and earn degrees, work in inhuman conditions, listen to endless abuses, tolerate the false media criticism, dragged in courts for alleged negligence, work with fear of physical assaults, work without proper infrastructure and manpower, endangering their own lives, exploited by medical industry and administrators, poorly paid and still not respected. Arm chair preachers would just say “yes, as a doctor, they should do it as moral duty.”
Not only corona virus, but society may also drive doctors to death.
The consequence and reverberations of the poor prognosis landed on the doctor, subsequent to the death of the patient. Media and celebrities usually have proudly projected on screen and television that it is right to be disrespectful towards doctors. They have made it appear correct to masses that doctors be beaten and assaulted, in case there are unexpected results or in case of dissatisfaction. But such 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.
Kerala: Doctor ends life, medical fraternity blames ‘social media trial’
In a tragic incident, a young doctor from Kerala has died by suicide, reportedly after facing allegations of negligence following the death of a patient in his clinic.
Dr Anoop Krishnan, an Orthopedic Surgeon who used to run Anoop Ortho Care Hospital in Kollam was found hanging inside his house on Thursday. He had also cut his vein before hanging himself. The young medic had also inscribed the word ‘sorry’ with his blood inside the bathroom before he took the extreme step.
The 35-year-old was reportedly under stress for days after a 7-year-old girl who he had operated in his clinic died due to some complications.
The girl who also had a heart condition was admitted to Anoop Ortho Care Hospital for a surgery to fix a bent on her leg. Due to the girl’s heart condition, many others had reportedly declined to perform the surgical procedure.
Following the death of the patient, her relatives had filed a complaint against Dr. Anoop for negligence, alleging that an error in giving anesthesia caused the death. There were also protests outside the hospital by the relatives of the girl and an alleged smear campaign online against Dr. Anoop and his family. This, according to people who knew him had affected the young doctor who had made a reputation as one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the city.
Police said they are yet to ascertain whether the suicide was directly linked to the patient’s death.
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Aptly described our feelings, media trial I would call it “media vulturism” , I remember recent post by a senior doctor from Lalsot, Rajasthan who accused local journalist for blackmailing him over advertisement in his local newspaper , later that journalist threatened him after refusal for the same . Doctor received notices from FIRE department over NOC , and other notices from government offices but he fought bravely in the court of law.
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That is brave of him, but question is where doctor energies and focus should be. Doctors are being totally distracted, away from the real treatment part.
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