The aspirants are devastated and haven't a clue what turn their life will take next, thanks to our sensitive and intelligent health minister.
What is the big deal did you say? Doctors in our country struggle a lot. They start earning money�whatever little that is� in their late 20s. By that time, their software engineer siblings, cousins, and friends would have bought an apartment, a car, and what not. I know that we can�t compare professions. Don't tell me about Oranges and Apples cowboy.
Why do we screw our doctors? Their profession is life-saving right? Even our movies show doctors as evil, corrupt individuals who have no social responsibility. So, when they go on strike, we dish out harsh punishment. We sack them. When the bus drivers, phone department employees, or the electricity department employees go on strike, we bear with them. In most cases we give in to their demands. But not to doctors. They go on strike, they are fired. What kind of an unfair system is this? One that hurts its most valuable member.
The on-going strike by resident doctors in Maharashtra is a result of years of government apathy. Before we dig deeper let me tell you how resident doctors in government colleges work. They work 18 hours shifts. They have no facilities. Their hostels are so dirty, quite a few of them sleep in the wards. And, they get paid peanuts. Don�t think that the Maharashtra doctors are on a strike because of all that. They merely want security. This time a patient�s daughter slapped a resident. All he did was that he sought permission for some post-mortem related thing. It is ironic that the life saving professional has to go through all this nonsense and be socially responsible too.
A citizen's group has filed a petition against the Maharashtra doctor's strike in the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. The petition says that doctors in government medical colleges and hospitals have no right to go on strike, and demands compensation for patients who have suffered. [Via NDTV]
How many of these citizens visit only the government hospitals for treatment? Who are they kidding? We can�t even hold a fair entrance examination. We don�t even offer them basic amenities. We let people manhandle doctors. And now, we want them to shut up about their problems too. When they go to America, we call them traitors. We are such losers, it is not even funny. Why do we expect others to be self-righteous when most of us individuals (even the software guys from Bangalore) won�t even follow simple traffic rules? At times, at the risk of causing injury or even death to our fellow motorists? But each one of us gushed and went into a tizzy of manufactured patriotism about that loser movie RDB? Now, if you really want to make a difference start with the traffic rules. Stop honking you retard. And get a real bike. Lose that Pulsar.
So, doc, I am okay if you go to USA or UK, become super-rich, and be happy.
Anyway, one may think that life is easier for Indian doctors in the USA. It was. But not any more. Check this out . In UK, it has become worse:
See http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/timeshift/raj-int.shtml and http://www.aippg.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=27399
So there you have it. The Indian doctor is screwed in his/her own country and in the rest of the world too. If we don�t start respecting these life-saving professionals and make some drastic changes in medical education policies, we will be at the receiving end very soon. Think about it.del.icio.us| Digg| Reddit| StumbleUpon| Technorati