“Doctors can guarantee best treatment, but doctors cannot guarantee 100% results.”
India is struggling to meet the goals of reducing infant mortality and maternal mortality. There is gross lack of Emergency and Intensive Care facilities in smaller towns and cities alike.
All critical patients are referred to tertiary government hospitals where the standard of care obviously diminishes if patients flow in numbers many times more than handling capacity of doctors there. Even tertiary private institutes are overburdened. Government medical colleges in smaller towns refer the patient indiscriminately. This is increasing the cost of healthcare immensely.
There is a need that indiscriminate referring be stopped. There is a need that the cases that can be handled at medical colleges in smaller towns be managed there. There is a need that smaller government or private hospitals and nursing homes become well equipped to deal with critical situations.
But neither the doctors nor the hospitals are responsible for this current situation. The reason for this is that doctors are afraid to treat critical patients, nursing homes don’t want to create facilities for intensive care and no one wants to admit critical patients.
Reason is simple. In spite of best efforts of doctors, nurses, nursing homes, hospitals and medical colleges; a patient may die. After all, doctors are Doctors and not God. But, in an event of death of a patient, no one will save the doctor. In the event of death of a critical patient, nursing homes are vandalized. In the event of death of patients, angry relatives beat duty doctors black and blue like they did to Dr Amle in Parel, Mumbai. In the event of death of patients, even specialists like Dr Rohit Gupta of Allahabad, are not spared. This fear has created a terror in the minds of doctors.
It is becoming impossible for doctors to work under so much fear. People who attack doctors should be called “Terrorist-like” because they are creating a terror in the minds of doctor against good work. They are disrupting peace and harmony of the nation. It is increasing the economic burden on the Indian society, thus threatening economic security of the nation.
Stringent laws should be made to save the doctor from these unruly elements doing terrorist-like-activities and punishment must be given as that given to a terrorist.
To become a doctor is not easy. Doctor has to sacrifice his sleep – the time he/she spends caring for patients he barely knows; to sacrifice his/her youth – the time spend with books; sacrifice his/her family – the time spend away from home for education.
But a doctor lives like an ordinary citizen.He does not demand subsidized groceries. He pays his electricity bills and phone bills. He buys all services at market rates.
There is only one thing that a doctor demands. And that is my humble request.
“SAVE THE DOCTOR…… THE DOCTOR WILL SAVE MANY MORE LIVES FOR THIS NATION”
Looking forward to earliest enactment of laws to save guard doctors, nurses, paramedics, clinical establishments and hospitals; along with provision for severest possible punishment for the offenders. Decision in cases of assault against doctor, nurse, paramedic and/or clinical establishment must be time bound and the cases fast tracked.