Hippocrates or Hypocrites? The Morality Behind Medicine
Doctors are routinely praised as gods for their successes and, at the same time, hated as villains for their failures. This hatred is what we’d like to focus on in this post.
A wave of turmoil has thus taken over West Bengal and major sections of the country over the safety of medical practitioners. Protests are being held by the Indian Medical Association and various other groups advocating for the increased protection of doctors.
The disregard shown towards the safety of doctors creates a highly volatile situation that impacts both patients and medical professionals alike. When they pledge the Hippocratic Oath, doctors vow to maintain the highest standards of ethics when practicing medicine. Patients, however, take no such pledge. We see doctors all over the country being subjected to both mental and physical abuse for failing to live up to patients’ expectations. What follows, is real apprehension and fear in carrying out their jobs.
The rules, policies, and resources that control the medical industry severely limit a doctor’s ability to address patients. The sub par infrastructure, rude hospital personnel, and lack of medical training in basic conversation technique all lead to patients and relatives getting excessively agitated. Despite being out of the doctors’ control, these factors have led to the constant persecution of the medical fraternity and endangered their well being.
These concerns have been labelled as ‘unmerited’ by various institutions. The government and the Supreme Court’s stance on these issues has been downright indifferent. They have only intervened when the protests seem to have crippled the patient community across the country. However, we still see several doctors break their stand to provide medical care for those in need. Their prioritization of someone’s life over their own demands for safety clearly shows that the fraternity hasn’t completely turned a blind eye to those in need of medical care.
The need of the hour is for the public to not turn a blind eye to the issues faced by the medical community and to put pressure on government agencies to take note of these demands. A holistic environment needs to be created, one that is capable of reducing the mistreatment of both doctors and patients. At the end of the day, we are all on the same team, the team for humanity, right?
Author – Ayush ChadhaAyush Chadha is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Legislative Law at Symbiosis Law School, Pune and is currently in his 5th Year. He also enjoys working in creative fields such as Graphic Design. He believes in voicing opinions on issues marred by red-tapism and social prejudices. He is interested in the gaps between the legal framework and the social issues which are too obscure to be dealt by it.Doodle Credits – Aradhya SinghAradhya Singh is currently pursuing Fashion Communication from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi and is currently in 2nd Year. She is a fun person to be around and doodles difficult social situations to raise important dialogues.