Sleepless nights, made to work day and night, sometimes the work pressure is so high, they barely get time
to eat and end up falling sick, If they are not working according to your expectation, they
are often assaulted and beaten to a point where they at times even end up losing their eyesight.
No! this blog post is not about animal cruelty, it’s about Doctors.
We start kindergarten at the same time, and while we are up for our second promotion at work,
they are still finishing their UG. Life of a doctor has never been easy, right from the time they enter medical school until the time they are ready to retire, a doctor never rests, to ensure, you don’t rest in peace. Once considered God, doctors today are placed second to google, you know, because google
knows best. Over the years, doctors have lost the respect they once had, but that doesn’t
stop them, because to them it’s your health that’s important. Losing respect is one thing, but after they started losing their
safety is when things really started getting out of hand.
The number of cases involving violence against doctors is on an all time high. A couple of days ago, a
post graduate doctor was beaten by the relatives of a 60 year old patient who died because of
chronic kidney disease. The assault was so vicious, the first year PG suffered severe injuries on
his head, chest, abdomen and lost his vision in one eye after suffering an injury in the eye socket.
The doctor is presently admitted in ICU.
Meanwhile in Madras medical hospital, one of the biggest medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, a duty
doctor was assaulted by the relatives of patient just because they were asked to leave the septic
ward to maintain hygiene.The agitated group entered into an argument and in the process assaulted the
doctor. A house surgeon who went to rescue the duty doctor was assaulted as well.
These are just two examples amongst the many, that show how doctors are treated today in this country. It is
obvious for doctors to fear for their safety, hence many of them resorted to strike. When you hear the word
strike, you think of a complete shut down. But when it comes to doctors and hospitals, that not the case.
Even when protesting, most of the critical units are still functional. A hospital never truly shuts down.
So what did the government and the Bombay High Court have to say about protecting the people who protect us
everyday? Education Minister Girish Mahajan in a salvo against the strike declared that if the doctors didn’t
get back to work by 8 pm on that day, then six months’ salary of the doctors will deducted by the State. The
Bombay HC on Tuesday came down heavily on the protesting resident doctors saying the behaviour of the
doctors was shameful and it is a shame on the profession if doctors go on strike like factory workers; then they
are unfit to be doctors. The high court also asked to doctors to resign if they are so worried about their
safety. Which got us thinking. Shouldn’t the same rule apply to politicians as well? Why are they provided so
much protection by the police? Can’t they just resign if they are worried about their safety? Also, even if a
politician is hurt, he has doctors to count on, who can help him recover, but can the doctors count on the
government to help them if they are injured? Clearly not.
We can’t expect every doctor to be perfect. There are bad apples in every profession and the medical field is
no exception. But that does not mean you lose respect towards all medicos and it definitely does not give you the right
to assault them and expect them to perform miracles. Never forget, They are doing their best to save you from
the clutches of death, while sacrificing their family life and health. Also talking of apples, No matter how many
apples you eat, when you get hit by a car and break all your bones, it’s a doctor who can fix your bones and not the