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July 03, 2019 |

Violence against doctors

Before the issue – violence against doctors – gained momentum in West Bengal and other states, doctors in Kashmir held protests demanding revisit on laws regarding the safety of doctors. There have been a number of incidents of violence reported wherein doctors in different government hospitals have been attacked by those attending the patients. The other side of the story is equally grim. There have been cases of medical negligence reported in the state, some of them serious and having resulted in deaths. While the attendants are within their rights to be concerned about the patients’ well-being as much as doctors, there are episodes when situation goes out of control. The showdowns often end in scuffles and manhandling. The fact remains that doctors do require a safety net to be able to perform their duties without any glitches, as it can be argued that medical negligence is not a norm but an exception. The moment people start mistrusting the medical fraternity, which seems to be more prevalent now, problems surface. Violence against doctors may also be heightened because of the weak healthcare infrastructure in the state. Consider the huge rush of patients in the state’s few tertiary hospitals. There is every possibility that doctors may not be able to look after all the patients as they should, and as expected by the patients and their attendants. Dearth of facilities and doctors directly affect the services in various government hospitals, be it at district or division level. An upgrade in state’s healthcare will reduce the friction as more doctors will be able to give more time to the patients. The state government did realize the shortage of doctors and went ahead with the appointment of medical officers. However, it didn’t turn up well with most of the doctors refusing to work at their places of posting. All these issues are reciprocally connected. The doctors’ demand about stronger laws to ensure an environment of safety is genuine, particularly in the wake of increasing episodes of violence. Under immense pressure due to a broken-down healthcare system, doctors too have apprehensions while delivering their services. It further aggravates the problem, as a minor omission becomes a major issue – the reason for serious confrontation. People are also responsible for the problem as they often come in hordes to inquire about the patient’s health. Everyday hospital staff could be seen calling down on attendants who insist on visiting during non-visiting hours or occupy the wards unnecessarily. Overcrowding in hospitals which eventually tells upon the patient care is also because of this irresponsible attitude of attendants.           

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Violence against doctors

              

Before the issue – violence against doctors – gained momentum in West Bengal and other states, doctors in Kashmir held protests demanding revisit on laws regarding the safety of doctors. There have been a number of incidents of violence reported wherein doctors in different government hospitals have been attacked by those attending the patients. The other side of the story is equally grim. There have been cases of medical negligence reported in the state, some of them serious and having resulted in deaths. While the attendants are within their rights to be concerned about the patients’ well-being as much as doctors, there are episodes when situation goes out of control. The showdowns often end in scuffles and manhandling. The fact remains that doctors do require a safety net to be able to perform their duties without any glitches, as it can be argued that medical negligence is not a norm but an exception. The moment people start mistrusting the medical fraternity, which seems to be more prevalent now, problems surface. Violence against doctors may also be heightened because of the weak healthcare infrastructure in the state. Consider the huge rush of patients in the state’s few tertiary hospitals. There is every possibility that doctors may not be able to look after all the patients as they should, and as expected by the patients and their attendants. Dearth of facilities and doctors directly affect the services in various government hospitals, be it at district or division level. An upgrade in state’s healthcare will reduce the friction as more doctors will be able to give more time to the patients. The state government did realize the shortage of doctors and went ahead with the appointment of medical officers. However, it didn’t turn up well with most of the doctors refusing to work at their places of posting. All these issues are reciprocally connected. The doctors’ demand about stronger laws to ensure an environment of safety is genuine, particularly in the wake of increasing episodes of violence. Under immense pressure due to a broken-down healthcare system, doctors too have apprehensions while delivering their services. It further aggravates the problem, as a minor omission becomes a major issue – the reason for serious confrontation. People are also responsible for the problem as they often come in hordes to inquire about the patient’s health. Everyday hospital staff could be seen calling down on attendants who insist on visiting during non-visiting hours or occupy the wards unnecessarily. Overcrowding in hospitals which eventually tells upon the patient care is also because of this irresponsible attitude of attendants.           

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