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How to reduce violence against Doctors

How to reduce violence against Doctors

Ever wondered why Violence Against Doctors are on the rise?

In the past few years, more instances of violence against medical practitioners have come to light than probably in the entire last decade. With the rapid spread of information and growing awareness of instances both among the public and medical fraternity, this has created dissatisfaction on both sides, creating an atmosphere of suspicion and distrust on both the sides

Well this was the agenda of the Delhi Medical council, in its recent meeting with the resident doctors working with the government hospitals in the capital. Delhi Medical Council is in the process of developing on a white paper on assault against doctors and has invited participation from the Delhi Medical Assocaition, Indian Medical Association as well as  FORDA, an association of resident doctors working in the government hospitals in the capital.

As an outcome of the meeting, many important issues have been identified as key notes to deal with this problem.

1. Role of community-It was clear that over the years, expectations have increased. Everyone needs to understand that science has conquered a lot of things but not death. It is important everyone needs to understand that death is part of life. And health sector should be promoted in a positive manner. Few nuisance creators (wrong elements) have actually malign the profession.

2. Role of doctors-Not just patients, its doctors who also need to change their attitude. Time to time attendants must be counseled. The positive Image of a medical practitioner needs to be strengthened. All would agree by consensus that while the majority of the medical profession is pure but there are a few doctors bringing the bad name for all doctors. In hospitals, Senior doctors must be present in casualty to take care of any unexpected situation. A good counselling does a great job in patient satisfaction.

3. Quality of healthcare system is poor and needs to be improved– While the population growth has seen sharp growth in the past few decades, same has not been the case with healthcare institutions. Instances of attacks of doctors and staff occur, majorly on account of lack of sufficient infrastructure with the government hospitals, be it with the availability of ICU beds, ventilators, diagnostics test, medicine etc. It is important that the governments, both state and center, shift their focus in enhancing the quality of healthcare in the government setups of the country.

4. Role of media– Media plays an important role in bringing to light the happenings of the healthcare sector. In this light, it is imperative for the media to cover the positive news of the medical profession from time to time and not do media trial of the profession all the time.

5. Role of police– In cases of Violence in healthcare organisations, the police needs to act swiftly. The police  must instill confidence among the society and doctors even and strictly enforce the law in non partisan manner. First and foremost, they must act as crime prevention agency.

6. Role of politicians– They must not back the bad elements of the society. Instead they must explain them about the possible outcomes. Many government doctors have pointed out of the VIP culture persistent in the government hospitals, with many cases of violence across the country being reported with the involvement of kins with political clout. It is imperative that there should be a political will to bring about congenial environment which helps both doctor and patient and there relationship.

7. Role of DMC– The Delhi Medical council has taken up the issue at a deeper level. Dr. Arun Gupta President DMC said ” DMC is always trying to make the doctor patient relationship better for the society. To achieving this goal we have had 2 meeting with various stakeholders seeking there inputs in helping us formulate guidelines to avoid assault on doctors. while we are formulating the guidelines to address the issue at hand, I appeal to the people of Delhi not to attack or misbehave with doctors as they are for your service only.”

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    Dr. Herat Parmar. M.D. September 12, 2016, 12:23 pm

    Read Delhi Medical report on subject & comments .
    Is Such violence against doctors is limited to municipal & government hospitals ?
    Even at private hospitals this happens .
    One must admit that public has right to question accountability for unexpected outcome of treatment management.
    Gone are the days when Doctor was revered & worshiped.
    Luckily most believe in DESTINY in our country for unexpected bad or sad outcome.
    Gone are the days with better understanding of public about ailments & management. Even if they know that doctor or hospital has bungled they do not attack .
    Entry of corporate hospitals & malpractice to entice more cases compelling attached doctors to bring good revenue to remain attached along with 40 to 50 % commission for referral also is important factor which now public knows well.
    One must give GUARDED assurance to patient & relatives for outcome.
    No one can deny that even is glaring negligence in treatment & management at all levels JUSTICE is alluded . Our courts Civil / consumer at all levels I e. High court / supreme Court / national commission not at all primed for justice in medical cases ie incapable to impart Justice.
    Suggestion that public should be educated about unexpected outcome in any case as also medical fraternity Must Be Accountable at all levels & not supported by various medical associations in genuine case of medical malpractice.

  2. Number of business -minded doctors are rising .An false calculation of \”shortage of doctors\” will bring tsunami of doctors and that will add to the problem. Average age of uterus has come down to 24 yrs (rural ) and 35-38 in urban area.Av . Age of normal human lens is gradually coming down t0 40 years and so there are countless things are happening which should not happened -and the whole doctors community is becoming a business community( though honests are more in number but weaker ).This degradation will continue no way out -public impression will go down &down

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    dr k Purushottam. September 3, 2016, 1:02 am

    Legislative participación of able doctors
    in assembly &parliaments along with local bodies of governance & mean while active deliberation with the elected membres of the different local bodies at Panchayat, munispalities & corporations level will be of tremendous help. Participación with the different NGOs is also a brilliant idea.

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    Charanjeet singh August 22, 2016, 9:48 am

    All the comments by learned persons are excellent. Most of the time the patient and immediate relatives are not the problem but new person with sole purpose of showing his importance create ruckus.
    In all the medical colleges& ,hospitals, it should be displayed prominently that you are under survey of cameras and attack on medical professionals and damage to equipment will lead to non bailable arrest under medical professional act.All the state IMA branches should take responsibility to print such posters.This will decrease such incidences to great extent.This lead to some fear in hooligans to some extent.
    IMA JALANDHAR Punjab is following it and the results are wonderful

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    Naresh Kumar Sharma August 12, 2016, 4:03 pm

    Have any of you ever gone in a Government Hospital ????????? the doctor specially JRs and Srs treat you as nothing. Body Language working standards are below the mark. Who says that hospitals are not overcrowded but who is responsible, on bed strength of 40 patients the wards are filled with 100-120 patients having 1-2 attendant with each person. The hospital always reply the parliament question that everthing is under control. Rubbish nothing is under control, Nurses are immune, no doctor can touch their confidential report taking too much pay doing only paperwork. Private Hospital Nurses can handle work of 10 Government Hospital Nurses single handedly with 1/4th salary.
    Don\’t talk about doctors talk about patients. Are not these person be taught extra polite with the relatives whose patient is in pain / going to die. I have seen tens of years all this so see all the corners before giving comments.

    Very truly yours

  6. Naresh Kumar Sharma, work 16 hours a day, sleep in a 10 X 8 room shared by another doctor, eat sub-standard \’mess food\’ , don\’t take a leave for 6 months, barely have sound sleep AND then and only THEN try to be polite and see if you can manage to be polite….if you still can, I think you OWE a NOBEL peace price.
    Actually you have seen nothing…

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    Dr Kulwinder Singh Sohal Gen Surgeon October 18, 2016, 6:12 pm

    I agree with Dr Mohammed,Mr Naresh Dharma.You have seen nothing . Sometimes spend at least 48 hours with any JR/SR in any big hospital &then comment.Mr Naresh you have seen nothing.But still I agree with you that doctors should be polite but society has also it\’srole in having regards &faith in doctors.I agree with you that some of the doctors are money minded.But every patient has the Right for second opinion.Mind it these corporate hospitals are the biggest catalyst in deteriorated doctor patient relationship.

  8. If bad manners deserved to be beaten up, very few of us normal humans would escape! However, the ability to bring the \”might is right\” principle to the emergency room or the clinic will only harm patients in the long run. The doctor will always try to help, that is what he is there for. He may not always succeed. Good manners are not always guaranteed though. But that is not an excuse for physical violence.
    We are looking at a future where emergency will be manned by security guards and the patient will be paying for this in the private world. Public sector hospitals will soon become jails/ maximimum security prisons!

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