Bathinda, May 14

The Malwa branch of the Association of Physicians of India (API) organised a panel discussion on ‘Violence against doctors: Causes, effects and solutions’ here today.

Dr Vitull K Gupta, chairman, API (Malwa branch) moderated the discussion. Dr Gupta said, “The doctor–patient relationship is important for the health care system, which forms the foundation of communication, clinical examination, diagnoses, planning investigations and treatment.”

Member Parliament from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, who is also a doctor by profession, said, “A chronic, progressive and dissatisfaction are creeping in the doctor-patient relationship, which is affecting the society at large, like never before and causing violence against doctors. In the past, people used to believe that the doctor would not harm or misguide the patient because of monetary considerations.”

“If sometimes something happened to the patient, it was considered to be the god’s will that mutual trust benefited both and strengthened with the time. But in the past two decades or so, slowly but steadily the trust which cultivated the doctor-patient relationship has started getting eroded and attained the shape of a crisis or a demon in the 21th century, where society does not hold the medical profession in high esteem,” the MP added.

The panel discussion was took place for over 3 hours. Prominent personalities from different fields like politics, advocates, human rights and social activists, media personalities, members of medical councils and doctors participated in the discussion.

Dr Meghna Gupta; Dr Harshinder Kaur, social activist from Patiala; Dr Rajinder Sharma, president, IMA Punjab; Dr Rajinder Bansal, joint secretary, API; Dr Harkiran Kaur, principal, AIMSR, Bathinda; Jagroop Singh Gill, senior Congress leader, Rupinder Kaur Ruby MLA, Bathinda Rural; Prof Baljinder Kaur, MLA, Talwandi Saboo; and many more prominent personalities participated in the discussion.

Courtesy: The Tribune News


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