Love and respect thy patient

This is with reference to article, Love Thy Doctor by Dr. Rumana Makhdoomi, where the author put forth her viewpoint regarding the state of healthcare. The argument which the author has put forth can be agreed and disagreed at the same time. The argument is one-sided regarding the doctors, barring patients which form a vital and core component of the healthcare system.

Healthcare has come a long way since times immemorial from traditional forms to scientific ones and assumed a significant posture in the contemporary times due to skyrocketing ascendency in the number of ailments and diseases. The intervention of technological inputs and paraphernalia has lent a renewed impetus to the state of healthcare the world over.

 Today health-related issues have created a sort of furore all over the society. No family is aloof of the health related problems, and thus medical intervention is the need of hour, where the role of doctors assumes a central importance and patient’s role comes secondary. This is where the argument of the author is centred on.

In the system of healthcare, the key concern is the health of the patient, although, respect and care of the mutual entities vis-a-vis each other overwhelms the whole argument.

Doctors as the saviours of the human beings need to be treated in respect and kind regards. Their hands create a state of balance in the unbalanced unhealthy human beings.  The patients are the bruised souls with hurted hearts and may sometimes out of mental stress behave impolitely with the doctors, or even their attendants. This is where the role of medical ethics comes into play. Patience of the doctors can be tested in times, but, persuasions, motivations and ethical conduct can override the rage and fury thereof.

The author argues that doctors are blamed for all and sensationalism of media outpours, where doctors are weak, etc. The attendants assault and damage the doctors. Sometimes, when medical negligence occurs, who could be blamed? Like the recent Anantnag tragedy. The author also argues that doctors cannot change the healthcare system, it needs policy interventions of the government which is a weak excuse, doctors can change healthcare by bringing a paradigm shift in their behaviour and consultations.

The author also talks about greener pastures where doctors are paid handsomely and says the typical Indian scenario, which makes it a point of counter-argument. Doctors treat human being and not the greener pastures. Then, what is the point of healthcare in Kashmir.

Recently, for a consultation at the government hospital, when my turn came and I entered a well-lit room where a doctor was sitting on a chair, few non-local young labourers entered also. They showed medicines to the doctor and after one of them said something, the doctor got enraged and began shouting at the doctor. The words he minced echoed in the room and were, Have you not heard my name. I will throw you out of the window. Tum dafah hojao (Get lost)…Again, he prescribed me medicines and asked me to show him the same. I asked for a pen among a bunch of pens on his table so that i can tag back of the medicine covers about the timings of the medicine, which he rejected and said in an overtone, this is shopkeeper’s job. This is where the egos get hurt and bruised. Doctors’ words can make or break the bond of patient-doctor relationship. The only argument vis-a-vis the author who is a doctor and other doctors is that love and respect thy patient, your respect will automatically flow in the long run.