MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN INDIA
Fake doctors are a phenomenon that plagues most of South East Asia particularly India, Pakistan and even Bangladesh. The most important underlying reason for such fake doctors is due to the low literacy levels in the country especially in the rural areas. But let us clarify one thing first; medical malpractice does not mean that we are only talking about fake doctors or health practitioners, it also includes those who are ‘genuine’ doctors but do not practice according to the medical norms and conduct fit for a doctor.
So what we have in my beautiful country India is both; on one hand we have an abundance and continuous supply of fake doctors, dispensers practicing as professional doctors in rural areas of the country where the writ of the law is weaker and access of media is rare. But this is not the only scenario; we also have doctors who solemnly took the Hippocratic oath, studied medicine for 5 years and even completed their house jobs but then gladly took the new ‘hypocrite pledge’ so that they could mint money from their patients and endanger their health with their gross negligence.
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There are several ‘glorious’ examples of how dispensers disguise themselves as fully fledged doctors in far flung areas of the country. The majority of people living in rural India are not neither educated nor aware and these fake doctors put their lives at risk by poor diagnosis and due to their ignorance. Dispensers are generally familiar with the names of the medicines and they use this familiarity to make a fool out of the people. This is sheer mockery of the entire health care system of India.
Ok just for a moment forget about these fake doctors or health practitioners and let us talk about the actual ‘ones’ who are more prone to making even more deadlier and worse messes than the former. Medical malpractice in purely technical context is defined as negligence by a medical professional that can cause injury or death to an individual. These ‘mistakes’ can neither be forgiven nor forgotten; for they result in the deaths of innocent people. Some people call them ‘errors’ but a trained and educated medical professional does not have the liberty to make such errors. I can vividly recall a case in Bangladesh where a surgeon forgot a knife in the stomach of the patient. Luckily nothing adverse happened but it could have and in India there are numerous examples present.
Let me remind of you the case when a surgeon in 2009 was fined for Rs 1 Crore when himself while attempting to remove a tumor from the chest of 39 years old Patient damaged his spinal cord; the result was that the patient was paralyzed from the waist below for the rest of his life. Do you really believe that such ‘errors’ can be allowed? If your child is 1 year old and breaks a glass you forgive him for he is too young to understand but if the child is 19 years old and smashes your neighbor’s car in a fit of rage can or should he be forgiven? Even 3 months ago in Bangalore a 7 year old boy Alex Raj died because the doctors administered the wrong medicines; though the case has been registered but the hospital administration has refused to accept the blame. For how long are we supposed to let such medical malpractices ruin our society and what measures we must take to put an end to this ‘plague’?