In truth, the medical treatment revolves round faith of the patient in his doctor. It is the coming together of two human beings, one who is ill or thinks he is ill, and comes to seek the advice of another, in whom s/he has confidence. White coats of the doctors have a placebo effect of healing. Multiple studies show that patients not only perceive doctors in white coats as more competent but also a man of science and a virtuous person.This confidence works wonders in healing. However, medicine, in the recent past has become a corporate monstrosity. It may have spilled to smaller clinic set ups in the public or private sectors. Alleged or real cheating of the patient has led to increasing number of litigations and physical assaults on doctors. The hype of corrupt practices has shaken the faith of the community in medical profession and doctors are also agitated with dwindling returns on their inputs.
Medical science is not a perfect science. No human being including a doctor is infallible; but why does society, and the courts, find fault for a wrong diagnosis? Diagnosis in medicine is not a mathematical equation as it is made out in the press. Imponderables abound in the diagnostic arena. Even at the best centres in the world, where they pool the wisdom of many people in difficult cases, 12% of the patients’ diagnoses could only be made on the post-mortem table. This is despite the fact that a large number of avoidable investigations are conducted by the doctors
These days, the huge bills of most corporate hospitals work as seeds for litigations to grow. In some cases, the grievances are genuine. Admitting apparently healthy people for all sorts of tests and scans, removing the appendix for every minor pain in the abdomen, abdominal deliveries where normal delivery was feasible, operating on the wrong side or wrong limb, leaving operating instruments inside the patient’s body or administering dangerous wrong medications, the list of consumer complaints is growing. This has resulted backlash on the medical community and consequent frustration and agitation among doctors.
What the agitated doctors demand?