The Indian population has extremely mixed feelings towards doctors. Doctors are venerated like gods, and miracles are expected of them; however when those miracles fail to happen (owing to the limitations of biology and medical sciences) people are quick to turn on the very same person they initially looked to for help.
Treatments are expected, not hoped for – and miracles are demanded.
Patients who have spent all their lives abusing their bodies come to hospitals far too late for medical science to be of any help; they arrive en masse with truckloads of family, friends, neighbors and local goons. If, unfortunately, satisfactory outcomes aren't achieved, the crowd is quick to turn into a mob, baying for the blood of anyone in a white coat. The doctor does not necessarily need to be the one treating the patient – anyone with a stethoscope will do.
There is a widespread mistrust of doctors, with doctors being painted as money-hungry good-for-nothings who profit off the misery of others.
There are several problems with the healthcare system within India, and yet the steps being taken by the government to improve the state of affairs are either wholly misguided, or non existent.
This is just another one in a long list of attacks on Indian doctors. The story, every time, is similar – old patient who could have been saved only if the family would've brought him to a hospital many months earlier is brought in in a critical condition; patient dies despite the best efforts of the team; patient's family and friends blame the doctor for the death and proceed to cause bodily injury to whoever they see in a white coat. After every attack, junior doctors go on strike, asking for better security, however, no steps are taken (neither to increase hospital security nor to prosecute the aggressors). Eventually, doctors are forced to resume working in substandard conditions, often under threat of losing their jobs (last time this happened in Maharashtra, the residents who went on strike were told by the government that they would be fired if they didn't return to work).
India supplies a large number of doctors to other countries. Perhaps this is why.
I was an intern in a government hospital in an Indian city. One day as I performed CPR in the ER on a lady with an MI, a man threatened to hurt me because I wasn't paying enough attention to his (stable) stroke patient. I was threatened for not providing free antipyretics to a child who was not feverish (I wanted to keep the medicines for an acutely ill child since resources are scarce). I once ran away from the ER when a large mob gathered since as a 5'2" girl, I would be pretty much dominated in a physical fight and I did not want to be another news story.
Sometimes I feel like being a doctor in India is breaking my spirit.
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