Increasing murderous attacks and assaults on doctors is worrisome, an indicator of a lawless, uncivilized society, poor governance and broken health system.
Think of a profession, where a brilliant student studies hard for 10 to 15 years, does day and night duties, save innumerable lives. Start earning pittance and get conveniently labelled as thug, thief and butcher by Medical Middleman. These brilliant doctors can be abused, assaulted and dragged to courts with impunity. They have become sitting ducks for punishments and physical assaults or can get killed because of instigation created by MEDICAL MIDDLEMEN.
Role of media, celebrities, film stars and prominent personalities in spreading the hatred against the medical profession and creating an environment of mistrust is unpardonable.
Who are these Medical middlemen? How they have benefited enormously by using one single selective negative narrative?
All those, who with some clever tricks, have placed themselves between doctor and patients. They earn money by promoting mistrust between the two actual stake holders. These Middlemen have no stake, but still want to get benefited by stroking emotions.
One poor outcome out of millions lives saved, is enough for these opportunistic parasites to portray whole medical community as dystopian one.
Most important of these Middlemen are the ‘Reel heroes’ who in a quest to be projected as Real heroes, got placed themselves between doctor and patient by airing vague narratives. By self-appointing themselves as custodian of health of masses, ‘the Reel heroes’ and celebrities gave true meaning to their work of ‘ACTING’ that otherwise was no more than a trifling entertainment.
Media and many celebrities have used fear in public mind to garner accolades and money for themselves, but at the same time created paranoia in minds of people against medical profession. And when masses worshipped ‘the Stars’ as their true well-wishers, they aired advertisements to sell tobacco, soft drinks, junk foods and other sweet poisons to public and children.
Media and celebrities made money and fame by riding on the vulnerability of medical profession. By winning the faith by demonization of doctors, all these middlemen sold their products, news items shows and created a brisk business.
Words used cleverly by such middlemen are ‘Few Doctors’. What majority of other doctors do to save millions was not of much concern and consequence. Public would not know, how to differentiate good or bad ones.
But this was merely a posturing on television; to be a Real hero, actually signified nothing for those unknown ‘Few doctors’, but the denigration of medical profession and attempts to belittle the whole doctors’ community was full and complete. The mistrust generated and demonization of the real well wishers of the patients was irreversible.
These middlemen instigated masses against health care workers by their acidic comments and vitriolic spewed venomous words.
The consequence was the loss of trust on their doctors, the only ones, who were in position to help patients in the emergency situations. The taunts and torment on doctors multiplied manifold in many forms verbal, legal, abuse and physical assaults.
These MEDICAL MIDDLEMEN, with distorted projection earned huge accolades and money, but they promoted feelings of enmity or hatred between doctor and patient.
The aspiring doctors need to know the media role in today’s times. They would carry the image, whatever media projects. A clear understanding in required, before they sacrifice their youth and life without knowing what is in store for them at the end of the long tunnel of study and training.
Students while choosing medical career, should take a well informed decision before entering this profession, which is dangerous to doctor themselves even when discharging their duties in the best manner.
Attacks and assaults on doctors is an indicator of a lawless, uncivilized society, poor governance and broken health system. Doctors have become punching bags for all the malaise prevalent in the system. A failing system which is unable to provide health to the people and security to doctors. The rickety system hides behind their hard working doctors and presents them as punching bags. The impunity with which attendant easily and brutally assault doctors is really appalling, should be shameful to law enforcing agencies.
Are we a lawless society? More problematic is the government apathy and silence of human right commission. Here comes the point that what is the role of our doctor’s organizations, human right organizations, parent hospitals and institutes.
Role of media, celebrities, film stars and prominent personalities in spreading the hatred against the medical profession and creating an environment of mistrust is unpardonable. They projected single stray incident as an example and portrayed as generalization just to earn money and fame for themselves.
Hence by selective projection the blame for deficiencies of inept system, powerful industry, inadequate infrastructure and poor outcomes of serious diseases is shifted conveniently to doctors, who were unable to retaliate to the powerful media machinery.
The demonstration of the cleft that separated doctors from the actual overpowering controlling medical industry and administrators is not given, in order to maintain the prejudice with its dangerous bias towards doctors, who are in forefront and are visible to public.
Unwillingness or failure of government to prevent such attacks on doctors will have deep ramifications on future of medical profession. Role of doctor associations, parent institutes have been spineless and not encouraging.
Such bestiality should create havoc in minds of civilized people but this apathy to such incidents clearly indicates otherwise. Have we become so uncivilized that an incident such as this just remains as a small news item in a local paper? Can’t we see that such incidents are harbinger of many more in future? It is important to realize that this is the time to unify and condemn such episodes vehemently and prominently so that the miscreants realize that they cannot get away with it.
Doctors in remote area, where there are minimal medical facilities, doctors are at more risk than ever; they are at mercy of local goons with no protection.
Silence of lords is a death sentence to the medical profession as a whole.
Doctor assault is definitely a poor advertisement for the medical students, who want to be doctors or others who want to buy a private medical college seat by paying millions. Why should one become doctor or pay millions and bear risk of being beaten or killed, while doing such a stressful duty. People will be fearful to be doctors on a free seat, leave alone on the paid seat.
The People who rue the scarcity of good doctors, should now introspect, “do they deserve to have good doctors?”
As in last few decades, patients are defined as consumers and Medical Consumer Protection Act takes roots, the whole system of medicine and healthcare has changed. All the new changes in regulation, insurance and legal system have resulted in facilitating and exercising an easy control of medical industry over health care, each revision has affected doctors adversely. They have been reduced to just only one small component of the industry, who deliver care and remain at receiving end for poor outcomes. Other important stake holders are patients. How this change has been beneficial for patients?
Suppressed professionals can be used to work more, get less paid and can be dragged to courts easily. It should be a win-win situation for all, except doctors. Therefore everyone makes merry, while doctors sulk, except those who can mingle with the present scenario, act smart and are able to entrench themselves in changed business and legal milieu.
Disadvantages of medical consumer Protection Act (Negatives, cons)
1 .Promotes Defensive medicine: Every patient with any illness has a potential for complications. Progression of any disease state can cause death. If doctors start looking at every patient as a potential litigant, especially while dealing with very sick ones, practice of defensive medicine is a natural consequence. This may manifest as excessive investigations, more use of drugs, antibiotics and even reluctance or refusal to treat very sick patients. Worst scenario of excessive fear will be refusal of very sick patients in emergency situations or non-availability of doctors.
2. Erosion of doctor-patient relationship: Stray and occasional Incidents about negligence, the cases in courts or their outcome attract wide publicity in media. People are unable to understand the correct application of such stray incidents to themselves. But they always try to imagine themselves being in the chaos or scenario projected. Because of prejudiced notions, a sense of mistrust gradually creeps in, which then extends into and involves their own imagination and circumstances. This sense of mistrust multiplies manifold whenever there is some adverse or even small unpleasant event. Ultimately doctor and patients move forward together with a strained relationship and the treatment goes on with a surmounting sense of mistrust.
3. Increased cost of care: With the increasing need for defensive medicine, there is a need to document everything and to offer everything possible in the world, leading to increased medical costs. Insurance companies, medical industry and lawyers have positioned themselves in between doctor and patients. They charge everyone on both sides, heavily for allaying the fears, both patients (medical insurance, lawyer fee) and doctors(indemnity insurance, lawyer’s fee) alike. The vicious cycle of rising costs, need for insurance, medicolegal suits, and high lawyer fee (for patients and doctors) goes on unabated. All these contribute significantly to overall increased cost of health care.
4. Enhanced insecurity in medical profession: Needless to say, consumer protection act has increased the anxiety and insecurity of the medical profession. One keeps wondering which patient will prove to be his bane and finish his total career, will result in professional hanging or a media trial. There is a real probability of being entangled in these problems in present era in day to day practice.
5. Unnecessary litigation: Legal cases can be put on doctors for various trivial reasons, for example the sense of revenge or to extract money or simply for avoiding to pay for services. In an era where family members, brothers and sisters fight for money, it will be naïve to think that idea of making money from doctor does not exist. These ideas are further stoked by the incidents of previous high compensations granted by courts .
6. Increased paper work: excessive documentation and time consumption: crucial and large chunk of time of doctors and nurses, goes in completing documentation. Needless to say, this time previously was dedicated solely to patient service. Management is now-a day more worried about completing paper work as well. Initially it was a symbolic documentation, but now there is requirement of mammoth paper work. It leads to consumption of time that was meant for real discussions for the benefit of patients.
7. Doctors used as scape-goats for revenge: Any unsatisfied patient can vent his anger by putting complaint or case against the doctor. This is done to some extent for revenge or just finding a human factor which can be punished. Not uncommonly doctors are used as scape- goats to have a concession on the patient treatment by administrators. Everything can be easily put on doctors as they are universal final link to a patient’s treatment and adverse effects.
8. Distraction of doctors from the primary point of intention: Nothing else ever has distracted doctors more than medico-legal cases and punishments. In certain circumstances, saving themselves becomes more important than saving a patient. Uncertainty of prognosis, grave emergencies, split second lifesaving and risky decisions that may later be proved wrong by retrospective analysis with wisdom of hindsight. Complex medico-legal situations are endless distractions that have creeped in and are enough to distract doctors from primary point of intentions ‘the treatment.
9. Early retirement or burn out: Becoming a doctor and practising has become a tough job. After people have reached a point of financial security or when near point of burn out, doctors tend to leave practice. No wise man will like to face medicolegal complexities in older age. Taken to court for a genuine decision is enough to spoil and tarnish health, wealth and fame that was earned by slogging the doctor’s whole life.
10. Reluctance to do emergency, risky work: If the decision to decide or act or help someone in an emergency situation, puts one’s own life and career to risk, why should anyone put himself in that difficult position? Therefore increasingly, financially secure doctors are staying away from the riskier jobs.
11 .Only Doctors are sufferers of the act: Patient can have poor outcome because of any reason. It can be severe disease, poor prognosis, rare or genuine complications or even unintentional mistake or human errors, system errors or deficiency. But retrospectively doctors can easily be blamed because of wisdom of hindsight. All patients, who are unsatisfied or with unrealistic or unexpected outcome can go to courts. Whatever court decides, harassment of doctors is full and permanent. There is no compensation possible for the sufferings and agony spanned over years, even if court decides in favour of doctor.
12. Spoils teamwork among doctors; Whenever there is adverse outcome in any patient, all the doctors involved may start looking for, whom to blame among themselves. All of them will try to pinpoint each other’s mistake. Such situation produces a bitter and worst kind of disagreements among various teams or specialties. Mutual understandings take a back seat and the teamwork is spoiled permanently. Administrators in a bid to be safe, encourage putting doctor’s concerns against each other, creating a strange sense of enmity. Ultimately a mutual understanding and team work takes a hit.
13. Doctors converted to cheap labour:
Hugely benefitted are medical industry, law industry and administrators; The ease with which doctors can be harassed has lead to rampant misuse of consumer protection ac and t has instilled a sense of deep fear in mind of medical professionals. The act has been used as a whip against the doctors by all these three stakeholders. Fear of medicolegal cases has reduced doctors to cheap labour. Industry has used the protective systems to gain the maximum out of doctors hard work. Benefits to law industry and lawyers are obvious and don’t need to be elaborated. Besides this, even insurance industry has collected money both from doctors and patients by creating the fear.
14. Confusion while treating; Right decisions ? A certain element of doubt always remains in minds of doctor whether he will get justice in the long run, or will end up being victim of sympathy towards patient or clever lawyering. What was medically right and judicious decision at that real time situation may be looked as wrong later, especially when retrospective analysis is done over years with fault finding approach. So taking medical decisions is becoming more difficult amid future uncertainty of disease.
15. Delayed treatment in emergency situations: Due to prejudiced minds, it is not uncommon for patient’s relatives to keep seeking second opinion, thereby delaying consent for procedures, surgeries and treatment. Though doctors know this problem, but they obviously cannot proceed without necessary documentation. With increasing mistrust, even emergency treatments are delayed. Delay in surgeries or therapies are a common outcome.
16. Instigation by law industry; Windfall profits for lawyers and law industry at the cost of doctors is a disadvantage for medical profession: One can see zero fee and fixed commission advertisements on television by lawyers in health systems even in developed countries. They lure and instigate patients to file law suits and promise them hefty reimbursements. There is no dearth of such relatives, lawyers who are ready to try their luck sometimes in vengeance and sometimes for lure of money received in compensations. This encouragement and instigations of lawsuit against doctors is a major setback for medical profession.
17. Hostile environment for young impressionable doctors: The young and bright doctors complete their long arduous training and then suddenly find themselves starting the work in a hostile environment. They find it strange to find themselves at the receiving end of public wrath, law and media for reasons, they can’t fathom. They work with continuous negative publicity, poor infrastructure and preoccupied negative beliefs of society.
18. Doctors have become ‘Sitting ducks’ for continuous blackmail: Even with routine complications amongst very sick patients, a threat looms over doctor’s head. People do not accept even the genuine complication, what to talk of unintentional mistakes. Mistakes are always easy to be pinpointed with retrospective analysis and with lawyers pondering over it for years. In such situations, doctors are sitting ducks for any kind of blackmail.
19. Demoralization of medical professionals – as selectively applied: strangely it applies only to doctors. All of other professions are out of it. Selective application is what demoralizes doctors. Considering the uncertainty and kind of work of medical profession, actually it should be other way around.
The consequences are like victimization.
Advantages of Medical Consumer Protection Act: (Positives, Pros)
1. Redressal of grievances: patient will get satisfaction, if there is a genuine negligence case
2. Better quality of care ; medical systems will improve as they will need to lessens the errors and court cases. Better systems from abroad are also copied to improve the efficiency.
3. Better introspection by medical profession: although doctors from the beginning are sensitive about their work and always look at how better results can be achieved. But act will make this process more formal and official.
4. Training of medical professionals: it will be difficult to put errors under carpet. Doctor will like to get trained better as no one want to be in soup.
5. Future learning from court cases: each and every court decisions is viewed carefully by medical fraternity. Improvement in protocol and policy making is a natural consequence.
6. Eye openers for medical profession: court cases and decisions have acted as eye opener for medical profession. It gives an idea, how law looks at medical treatment. It has made clear that medical science and medical law are a bit different. In real time, things are easier to be said than done.
7. Better documentation and communication: for doctors to save themselves, documentation is the key. Previously doctors were doing everything, but not documenting much. But now there is lot of stress on documentation.
Stress itself is not a bad thing. It can often help us perform at our best, expand beyond our limits and achieve better results. The real problem lies in the fact that in this age, anxiety prevailing more for care givers, a sense of injustice prevails . Stress generated can alter the ways, the patients get treated. If the core of the health care (medical hands) are harmed, no one can benefit in the long run.
Attacks and assaults on doctors appears to be one of the indicators of a lawless and uncivilized society and poor governance. Doctors have become punching bags for all the malaise prevalent in the health system. A failing and inept system, which is unable to provide health to people and security to doctors. The system hides behind their working doctors and presents them as punching bags. The impunity with which attendant easily and brutally assault doctors and vandalize hospitals is really appalling. Similar violent incidents all over should be shameful to law enforcing agencies. Are we a lawless society? More problematic is the government apathy and silence of human right commission and similar organizations.
Unwillingness or failure of government to prevent such attacks on doctors will have deep ramifications on future of medical profession. Silence of authorities, human right commission is really appalling.
Media, celebrities, film stars in spreading the hatred against the medical profession and creating an environment of mistrust is unpardonable, where stray incidents were portrayed as generalization, just to earn money and fame.
Empathy, sympathy, compassion and trust of the doctor towards the patient, will definitely get a hit after these incidents. 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..
Merely taking some token action and showing protest will not solve the problem. It does not compensate for the damage done to medical profession. Sympathy, compassion and trust of the doctors towards patients will definitely reduce. Who will be the ultimate sufferer, does not need a Einstein brain to predict.
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, if there is greater risk involved? Few will limit themselves to follow protocols. Going extra mile along 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?
Patients might get their revenge for the naturally occurring disease, but they will lose compassion and trust of doctors in the long run. If that is the way to impart justice in this era, doctors will have to find some way to save themselves.
Relatives were booked for vandalising the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) hospital in Vashi following the death of a 50-year-old man. Of the seven, the four men were arrested. The patient, Venkatesh Suryavanshi, a resident of Juhu gaon, was shifted from a private hospital in Koparkhairane to the NMMC hospital on Tuesday afternoon. At the time of admission, Suryavanshi, who had tuberculosis, was in a critical condition and had very low oxygen levels. An antigen test had declared him negative for COVID-19.“At the time of admission, after checking his condition, vitals and the history papers, we had said that his chances of survival are very less. He was admitted to the ICU ward,” Prashant Jawade, medical superintendent, NMMC hospital, said.Suryavanshi died during treatment around 3.45 a.m. on Wednesday. After getting to know about the death, his sons Rupesh (22) and Sandesh (20), along with their friends Pankaj Jadhav (22) and Rohit Namwad (32) entered the ICU ward and started vandalising the department. Three women who followed them assaulted security guard Satish Dere.“I was told that they also carried a few sharp weapons with them. The security guard has received injuries. Our engineers are analysing the damage and finding the losses that we incurred,” Mr. Jawade said. Chief Medical Officer Majur Shaikh and a few other hospital staff were also allegedly attacked.
According to the police, the seven had vandalised three ventilators, one dialysis machine, two fans, one table fan, and two nurse stations.
Dr Deben Dutta lynching and murder by mob in Assam last year, was a new low in the current era of deteriorating doctor- patient relationship. In the era, where consumerism was imposed on doctors in most crude form, media and law industry taking advantage of the situation for their benefit. Complexity of medical science has taken a back seat. The consequences and the brunt of resultant negativism were borne by doctors. Dr Deben Dutta was victim of venomous negativism spread by media against doctors in general.
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 one stray incident, but they will lose compassion and trust of doctors in the long run. Millions of lives saved everyday by medical professionals were of no consequence.
GUWAHATI: An Assam court on Tuesday awarded death sentence to a tea garden worker and life imprisonment to 24 others in connection with last year’s lynching of a 73-year-old doctor. Dr. Deben Dutta, a senior medical officer of the Teok Tea Estate hospital in Jorhat district, was lynched by a mob on August 31 last year for his alleged delay in treating a worker, Somra Majhi. Dutta was attacked with sharp weapons and he succumbed to his injuries on the way to a hospital. He had served at the tea garden for over four decades. His killing had triggered widespread outrage.
The impunity with which attendant easily and brutally assault doctors is really appalling. Should such incidents be shameful to law enforcing agencies? Are we a lawless society? More problematic is the government apathy and silence of bodies like human right commission.
In this case, at least the culprits have been brought to book and punished by the court. But still the root cause for such gruesome incident is not addressed. The danger for the medical fraternity is still lurking due to many factors. Risk to the doctor not only comes from the infectious diseases, but can be there because of physical and legal assaults. It can be just consequent to venting out emotions of angry relatives, resulting from a natural poor prognosis, but blaming the doctor. Doctors who are universal common link present at the time of death of patients, become victims and punching bag.
There are lessons to be learnt by doctors from such episodes. As patients are turning into consumers, health providers cannot remain simply doctors as before. They need to develop skills to anticipate danger and save themselves. They need to assess their place of work for their own and their family’s safety.
Aspiring doctors should choose this profession carefully and take a well informed decision. Such incidents are warning signs for the young generation, who are oblivious and ignorant to the risks faced by doctors in present era.
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.
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.
Two incidents of dead body swaps have happened in last few months. Strangely two mistakes out of correct millions are enough to label hospitals, doctors or health systems as callous. Covid times are toughest times for health care staff and hospitals as well.
Definitely it is sad and painful incident. Without doubt, swapping bodies and causing distress to relatives is really shocking. There will be a demand for exemplary punishment to health care workers involved. There is a little doubt that they will meet the stringent punishment, as this is regarded as unpardonable, given the involvement of health care staff.
But is that the right way? Will chopping the hands, that were trying to rescue, is of help?
No one will like to see, how health workers have been stressed. Under the unprecedented circumstances, how fewer number of frontline workers have been battling the pandemic.
Armchair preachers cannot imagine the stress and the hard work, these warriors are burdened with. There can be multiple ways to look at these unforeseen mistakes.
Punish the health workers, make an example by taking away their jobs. So everyone will learn.
Check the faults in the system, make the whole system fool-proof by learning from the mistakes, so it becomes more robust with times to come.
Counselling of the personnel involved along with improving the system.
Understand the stress and circumstances of front line workers and improving their working conditions, so as to reduce their burden.
Check the past record, if someone has done thousands right things, do not hang him for a single error, especially intoday’s unprecedented circumstances.
Most desirable at such crucial times will be encouragement and psychological support to front line workers.
NEW DELHI: A private hospital in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka committed a grave error by handing over the body of a Christian woman to the family of a Covid-positive Hindu woman. The 69-year-old woman, Garikapati Parisuddam, was not infected with the novel coronavirus and had passed away on Monday morning.
An ambulance with four corpses – including that of Anjum B – left from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Three of the persons who had died were Hindu and were taken to a crematorium before the van left for the ITO burial ground.
Just delivering professional death sentence for single, system errors or unforeseen mistakes will have future implications. It is like chopping the hands, that were trying to help.
As Corona has unmasked the real risk to health workers and society has dealt with heath workers shabbily. Next younger generation of aspiring doctors, who is a witness to the cruelty shown towards health staff, may be forced to think about their decisions to become health workers. Possibly the administrators need to ponder now, who will treat people in next pandemic.
Covid has been treated by doctors at great personal cost. It has resulted in even death of healthy doctors and nurses, thousands of them have stayed away from their families, for the sake of patients. But does that kind of unparalleled sacrifice has resulted in any enhancement of respect or prestige to the medical profession. Has the death of medical professionals, while serving ailing fellow human beings was enough to halt the oppression of this gentle and humble community by administrators. Was it enough to stop physical or verbal assaults, legal or financial exploitation. Was it enough to alter the course of oppression by medical industry 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 want to put themselves on high moral pedestals.
The contribution of doctors towards society is not recognized rather defamation of medical profession as a whole continues unabated.Doctor's dignity is sacrificed blatantly to prove greatness of administrators.General behaviour of people is far from the sense of decency towards doctors and nurses. Aspiring doctors need to watch bashing of medical profession and all such factors. There is possibility that earning a medical degree puts them at a lower pedestal in society.
The ease with which doctors can be punished for doing even the right has finished the independence of the medical profession. The harassment of Chinese whistleblower doctor and now sacking of the doctor who informed authorities about the coronavirus patient in Kerala are just an example of day to day troubles doctors are facing in every day working. These incidents are just the tip of the ice-berg. The evolving systems in the present era have made it difficult to deliver health care in the right way, as a consequence to routine harassment of doctors. Who will be the ultimate sufferer does not need an Einstein brain to predict.
Kerala: Doctor who informed authorities about patient with coronavirus symptoms sacked by clinic.. Adoctor in Kerala on Tuesday alleged that she was sacked by the management ofthe private clinic she was working with for informing authorities about an NRI patient who reportedly declined to undergo the mandatory check for coronavirus. Dr Shinu Syamalan said the patient had come to the clinic recently with suspected symptoms of the virus. “When he was asked whether he had visited any foreign countries, he said he was coming from Qatar. But he had not reported to the health department about his foreign trip,” she said. When he was directed to inform about his foreign travel to the state health department, which has been monitoring people coming from abroad for the virus, he refused and said he was going back to Qatar, she told reporters. Concerned over the health of the person who had a high fever, Syamalan informed health and police authorities. “Officials who let the patient go abroad do not have any problem, but I have become jobless,” she posted on social media. 3/10/2020 Kerala: Doctor who informed authorities about patients with coronavirus symptoms sacked by the clinic – Times of India https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/kerala-doctor-who-tipped-authorities-about-patient-with-coronavirus-symptoms-sacked-by-clinic/articleshowprint/74564864.cms 2/2 She alleged she was sacked by the management of the clinic for reporting the matter to police and informing the public about the incident through social media and through television. “The argument of the management is that no one would turn up for treatment in the clinic if they come to know that it was visited by patients with suspected symptoms of Coronavirus,” she said. There was no immediate reaction from the management of the private health clinic. Official sources said the district medical officer (DMO) at Thrissur has complained to the collector against Shinu Syamalan accusing her of defaming health officials. Sources said the DMO informed the collector that health officials had tried to prevent the patient from traveling abroad immediately after getting information from Syamalan.
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.