Doctors and nurses are now getting out of their own self-imposed moral enslavement. Rather they are now forced to do so, as their lives and deteriorating working environment are becoming impossible to be in. One cannot burn himself in a furnace for eternity, for the well-being of others, especially if others are not concerned.
The incidents at few places are just a tip of the iceberg. Covid has helped doctors to bring forth their plight. Doctors and nurses not paid for months in some Delhi Hospitals. Doctors openly ridiculed and scolded by Administrators for no fault of theirs. Even a doctor lynched by mob in Assam and many assaulted at other places. Hospitals vandalized indicate that there is danger lurking for doctors everywhere. Most sad part is that, there are no firm administrative hands to deal with the menace.
Clearly Well being of doctors and nurses is not being taken care of. They are being used as dispensable disposables. Such system, which is based on exploitation of the health workers, is becoming fast unsustainable. If apathy towards their genuine problems continues, negative attitude towards doctor and nurses persists, it will kill the empathy towards patients as well.
Overall, a complex scenario for doctors: There is increasing discontentment amongst doctors because of this complex and punishing system. They are bound by so many factors that they finally end up at the receiving end all the time. They are under Hippocratic oath and therefore expected to work with very high morality, goodwill and kindness for the sufferings of mankind and dying patients. They are also supposed to maintain meticulous documentation and also supposed to work under norms of medical industry. They are supposed to see large number of patients with fewer staff and nursing support while still giving excellent care in these circumstances. And if these were not enough, the fear of courts and medico-legal cases, verbal threats, abuses, and physical assaults and show of distrust by patient and relatives further makes working difficult. Additionally there may be bullying by certain administrative systems at places, who use pressure tactics to get their own way.
The Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA) has declared that government doctors will stay away from all additional duties from Thursday, in protest against the government’s apparent lack of concern about the plight of health-care workers who are overworked and fatigued, fighting on the front lines for the past nine months.
The KGMOA has, however, made it clear that while declaring non-cooperation, COVID-19 care and disease containment activities will not be disrupted.
In a statement issued here, the KGMOA said that apart from ignoring the KGMOA’s repeated demand for deploying additional human resources in COVID-19 care activities, the government’s decision to take away the leave given to health-care workers after continuous COVID-19 duty was something that defied all principles of fairness. This was totally unacceptable, the KGMOA said here.