Voice of a doctor- A Doc’s life

“Let’s decrease suffering,
Let’s cure the disease,
Let’s become a doctor,
Let’s heal humanity…”
This is the zeal and enthusiasm with which we take up the profession of a doctor. Taking all the turmoil and academic struggle in our stride and emerging as a doctor to serve the human race, is a great achievement and a moment of pride and confidence.

However, gone are the days when doctors were considered to be gods and their healing touch was deemed with humility and gratefulness. Today taking up this  profession is in itself a risk.

We as doctors don’t expect people to treat us as gods, but please do not demonize us! We are just common people like you who sacrifice their life only to see a smile on the sad faces coming to them. All matters of personal interest like family, friends  hobbies etc  always take a back seat.

Further, the trends of doctor shopping, self medication, addictions along with  internet and Google consultations leads to error nous interpretation amongst the people and hamper patient compliance and subsequent treatment.

Patients today expect all tests, medications and cure with the shortest time possible for the least amount of money! Doctors practicing in small dispensaries and government set ups are considered to be of poor potential. Moreover, if a patient dies then the doctor is a killer.

There is no greater joy to a doctor than to see a patient cured of his ailment, to a surgeon to see a patient operated successfully, to an obstetrician to see a healthy baby birth and to an intensivist to see a patient out of coma!

But try however hard we may, nature always takes its own course! And we do see cases of patients dying during the course of treatment, in spite of the best efforts put in by the treating doctor, thus reminding us that we are just mere mortals and the cold hand of death spares none…not even us!

But why is it so that inspite of giving our best we are at the receiving end of abuses and assaults? Why do we get to hear that the doctor did not do enough? Why are we responsible for nature’s judgement? Why?

There are many instances of violence and abuse against doctors and incidences of grievous injuries with  threat to life are on record. Incidents at Allahabad,KEMH and the horrific battering of doctor in RG Kar Medical College and Hospital  in West Bengal are a few. I would like to argue, as to what happens or happened with the miscreants? Did they not walk scot free? Did anyone ever come forward is support of the duty doctor? Did anyone bother to find out his helplessness? Did anyone ever see the doctors angle to the situation? I salute to anyone who did so.

According to a study published by the Times of India dated 4th May 2015, over 75% of doctors have faced violence at work ranging from physical assault to threatening behaviour to verbal abuse.
Moreover, most doctors don’t report such incidents.

This kind of attitude and behavior is intimidating to the profession and hampers proper judgement. Add to it the fatigue of long working hours, disturbed sleep and you have a perfect recipe for disaster. But sadly here again we are supposed to be superhumans where mistakes are forbidden.

We cannot be at the mercy of the anti- doctor elements in the society who claim that we do nothing in interest of the patients and that all a doctor does is for his own selfish motive! Is losing your rest and sleep for a patient a selfish motive? Is compromising your family life and your kids childhood for the betterment of society a selfish motive? Is curing another persons health at the cost of your own a selfish motive? If yes, I fail to see how?

I agree that as in every profession there could be malicious practitioners, but to label all in the same category is unfair and unjust.

We need to have strong rules and regulations and fierce enforcements to help us practice our profession fearlessly and with dignity. The need of the hour is to report all the abuses, threats, assaults we face so that concrete action can be taken against the wrong doers.

As rightly said “God helps those who help themselves”. We as members of this profession need to come forward and fight for justice unitedly. We also need to get rid of the malicious elements marring our profession and worsening the situation. We need to act fast.. We need to act now! Let’s make a better tomorrow for us today! Remember, the onus is on Us…

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Parity for Women at Home

its such hypocrisy that we celebrate women’s day and at the end of it nothing changes neither the way men look at women nor the way women lead their lives. Irrespective of economic status or professional qualifications all women face the same hardships, and the most saddening part is that women are themselves responsible for it either directly or indirectly. In a rapidly changing society of today we see many women who have become bread winners in addition to efficient home makers.However I doubt the same to be true of most men.

Given the cultural background certain behaviours, etiquette, dress code etc are binding to the people of the society. Like women are not allowed to dress the way they would want to, or they are not supposed to talk loudly or laugh aloud and many more. But if seen closely we realise that this has been propagated and kept alive by our ancestor women themselves! They are the ones who have been pivotal in restricting the progress of women and nipping the “bad” habits in the bud.

Again it is we women in the form of mothers who set rules of what a son or daughter should do, so that in future they can be a good wife and mother. We expect girls to know all household activities of cooking, sweeping, cleaning, washing etc., but the same is never expected of a boy! Infact a boy doing such activities is insulting and degrading to the family! He is expected to do the outdoor activities and when at home relax. Moreover we even gift children presents based on these differences, for example a bat or a ball for a boy and a doll or a kitchen set for a girl! So it is not surprising that when the children grow up it is but natural that the woman takes up all these chores as part of her duties as they are inscribed in us right from our childhood.

I agree we still have areas where women are deprived of their basic rights and are totally at the mercy of their male counterparts, however every woman still needs to compromise and sacrifice at the family level. In her own cocoon she is expected to do everything, right from going to work, cooking, doing the household chores, taking the studies of their children, looking after the sick and elderly and so on and so forth. All in the span of 24 hours a day!

As soon as the head of family arrives at home he is greeted with a cup of tea and then settles down on the couch for the rest of the evening for a much needed rest. Whereas a woman arriving from work is never supposed to be tired and getting a cup of coffee then would be a luxury. Her day at home is about to begin!

A woman makes a multitude of sacrifices right from her name to her career, hobbies, health, everything is compromised and her life mainly revolves around her family, however this is a thankless job which she does with a smile.

Sometimes I wonder whether reminding us of our womanhood is meant to make us proud or  to humiliate us! Is it meant to mock us saying you are a woman and will always be? On women’s day we receive a lot of messages from our male colleagues. But do they really mean it? Or are they merely a joke? I really wonder…

The crux of the matter is that unless we women come together and join hands and start practicing gender equality at home itself we will never be able to live with the parity we dream about. We first need to change our outlook, the way we treat our family and the way we allow ourselves to be treated. Let’s free the society of gender bias.. Let’s celebrate womanhood!

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