Friday, 17 October 2014

Why the doctors in India have always been the soft target?

     Just another day goes by and another person passes a comment against doctors. A high ranked politician says he will chop off the hands of doctors who are corrupt. I totally agree with him that it's not fair to take bribe or be negligent. That doesn't mean every doctor is corrupt. You can't say things like that especially when there are so many people following you. Those may be just the words for him. But those words may turn out to be the inspiring words for someone. What if that person turns out to be a mentally unstable person? Who would be responsible then? 
      About an year ago, a famous actor who proclaims to be a perfectionist gives a speech in his program faking his tears and says no doctor should take fee and should be selfless. As a doctor every person always thinks or tries to do his best for his patient. The cause of failure may be numerous. The lack of knowledge because of his busy schedule trying to make his ends meet, the lack of resources in the remote areas, the lack of adequate number of personnel, the inadequacy of the instruments or the outdated instruments. The list can go on. A doctor is a human being. He cannot be right all the time. Why can't there be a public-private relationship or between a doctor and a non-medico. Together we can do wonders. So before any of you say a word against a doctor or anyone else for that matter, put your hand on your heart and say what you have done selflessly or anything that you have done that brought smile to people around you. I can very proudly and confidently say that as a doctor I have seen a sense of satisfaction on the patient's face when they left after the treatment. How many of you can proudly say that? 
      CORRUPTION. That is there on every level in India. Show me a place where there's no corruption. You want a movie ticket on the first day, you need influence. Starting there to highest level, every level is corrupt. The change has to come from within. Nobody can impose it on you. As doctors I am pretty sure that all my fellow doctors will work to help people. But why should it be just us? An engineer can do his job, a lawyer can help the doctor in the medico-legal purposes, a businessman can provide funds starting from a rupee, a common man can organize things in free camps, pharmaceutical companies can provide free drugs, government can provide funds and provide better ambulance services and infrastructure. When so many things can be done by so many people why should DOCTORS alone do it?
      Rural service for doctors. It's a thing I don't understand. I have not been given scholarship by the government. I have not studied in a government college. I wasn't given any extra mark or a reservation for my seat. I have earned it. If I have to work in a rural area for an year, so should you. What gives you the right to be free when I am bound to work in a rural area. When things are so unfair to just one group of people, it's just unacceptable. 
     Before I end this, I just want to ask the perfectionist if he had contributed anything for the people affected by Hudhud cyclone in Vizag? Did he do anything for the poor people after the episode he made downgrading doctors?  Publicity is not the only thing that you need. When you say something, you need to abide by it. Self respect and a sense of satisfaction is important.
     I can very confidently say today that I will work day and night for a year in a rural area, but it shouldn't be just me. I need a team, not  team of doctors but a team of people from different fields who play their part. Are you ready? As long as the above answer is no please stop targeting us all the time.

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