Thursday, January 05, 2012

We need to tone down the drama - urgently!

Kill the doc – the most insane form of …(?)grievance !?!? « Meri Bakbak

A lot of crazy things happen daily and if we keep reacting to all there is no end to it. But what happened recently - where a doctor was murdered on the claim of negligence - really pushes it, because it has far reaching implications.

The link above is a level headed post written by a doctor himself. A few important notes of what happened:

  1. There is no proof of negligence. The patient passed away enroute to another hospital. In fact what happened seems to be the opposite of negligence. It is just that the patient's husband couldn't stomach the outcome.
  2. The cruelty of the incident is actually that the doctor got murdered trying to save the patient pretending to have a heart attack. It was a direct breach of trust.

When patients go to doctors, there is implied trust. Doctors should use this trust with utmost responsibility [in scenarios, even a slight lapse of alertness can turn critical and can be called "negligence" depending on the situation]. Patients must understand - especially in serious ailments - that despite the best effort of doctors - what they hear will not be what they expect.

But if we keep resorting to meaningless violence - especially against a fraternity whose job is so fundamental to our existence - they will eventually have to resort to means which ensure they are protected - legally and otherwise - during every step of the treatment process. In other words, it will degenerate from service to strictly transactional.

In those lines, I fully support this one-day strike. With our emotional outbursts, we are pushing things too far. And journalism that is not level headed only amplifies the drama instead of bringing balance to the situation.

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