Every doctor knows that some thing is really wrong happening against the profession. Not only every day minor irritants but there are recurring episodes of blatant cruelty against doctors. The whole profession is being criticized openly in the garb of stray incidences or in cases of genuine poor prognosis. Each and every doctors wants to react. But no one knows really “ how to do it”. There is scant unity amid this chaotic problem. The community has been broken and pushed to behave as single suffering individuals. whatever way they choose to react , the slightest reaction may invite the ire of many unknown people, may be mighty and revengeful.
By showing cruelty and being revengeful towards doctors , our society is in a way re-entering the realm of an ancient medical regulatory system, Hammurabi Era (1750BC). Certain aggrieved health care consumers may welcome a move toward harsh penalties in the name of justice and simply for revenge but we need to keep in mind the poor outcomes in complex diseases, limitation of science and of course the idiosyncrasies of the human body. Fear factors and Impact of present legal complexities, on doctors is already on a par with that of Hammurabi era.
Then why doctors be made a punching bag for venting out emotions of the bereaved relatives. Nothing and really nothing can justify this barbaric act. Emotions should not be allowed to take such a demonic form.
This is simply jungle raj, goonism and expression of a most uncivilized kind of society, which simply cannot be excused by any sort of reasoning. The incident is being protested by the professional bodies as is the routine and after few day things normalized for everybody else except that terrorized doctor .
If the courts, the commission for women’s rights, and the human rights commission are maintaining silence, is it because the rights of doctors were never clearly defined and outlined. The duties of a doctor have always been enumerated but the rights have never been discussed.
Human rights of doctor and medical community have been grossly violated by physical assaults. It is painful to see that the authorities that are supposed to take action have maintained a silence all these years about this issue.
What is role of human rights commission, if rights of a hard working community like doctors are violated and what is it supposed to do? I really fail to understand what else will it take to shake them out of their stupor ?