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Attacks on doctors unjustified
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Dear Editor,

The increasing instances of attacks on doctors have more to do with systemic failure over a period of time rather than any recent stray incident. The threat of violence though condemnable and unacceptable, in today’s scenario, is enabling patients to get better healthcare. Violence can never be justified, least of all against someone who is ostensibly attempting to save a person’s life. The number of incidents of attacks on doctors and other healthcare workers across the country has risen sharply over the last few years. There is a widespread feeling that doctors have simply lost the trust of their patients, the feeling patients should have is that the doctors will only by guided by the patient’s best interests and not their own.Lack of working equipment in hospitals forces doctors to direct patients elsewhere, which also adds to the suspicion of doctors being hand-in-glove with laboratories, when actually the doctor is helpless.In medicine there are no guarantees and patients can develop complications despite the best efforts of the doctors but someone who has been told to expect a good result can be angry if the outcome is unfavorable.

But with inadequate health budgets, there is a crunch in resources, staff and medicines as far as the patient is concerned. The state has also to reduce the load on medical staff and improve services in its hospitals. In government hospitals, doctors are overworked and under pressure from politicians who can interfere with medical admission, affecting doctors’ self-esteem. The main reasons for patients’ relatives to become violent are doctors unwillingly practise unethically, such as advising expensive unnecessary radiology, endoscopic, or laboratory investigations ,delay in attending patient, request of advance payments, or withholding a deceased body until settlement of final billing. Medication, forces doctors to ask patients to buy medicines from outside, which only makes doctors suspicious in the eyes of the patients. One major issue is the low healthcare literacy among the general public.

—Vinod C. Dixit,

B-15 Jyot-Kalash Society, Ahmedabad.

News Updated at : Sunday, April 16, 2017
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