THE FUTURE OF INDIAN DOCTORS AT STAKE ? !
Please permit me to
draw the attention of the readers to the items, "MCI
goes in for strict
medical code, The Hindu, 6 / 5 / 2002" and ready to include 'non-medical'
members, MCI tells apex court, The Hindu, 27 / 11 / 2003. Let us
not undermine the fact that MCI is 100 %
aware of all the delinquent activities of doctors ranging from medical negligence,
advertising, monstrous fleecing in the name of investigations-cum-hospitalizations-cum-treatment
procedures, unethical nexus with pharmaceutical industries to more severe and
bizarre crimes in the capacity of touts, rapists, pornographers, inhumane
experimenters with special reference to
ART CLINICS and etc.
Nevertheless, I could not refrain from appreciating his subtle approach in expressing a valid truth about the denigration that our Divine and Noble profession had undergone to the point of an intellectual prostitution. I saw to the most satisfactory disposal of my friend-cum-politician and instantaneously summoned a like minded colleague of mine to indulge in a collective soul searching. The following were revealed as we opened ourselves to each other.
Gone are those days when doctors were worshipped as Gods in the community. Such Gods never hesitated to present themselves whenever summoned by their devotees and they happily treaded the path along with their devotees upon foot, in bicycles, in public transport and in lower class train compartments. On the contrary, doctors of the present are addicted to technology, super - luxuries and pleasures, wealth and prominence in the community. Thus they are slowly evolving into a greedy and a corrupt force potentially capable of unimaginable chaos inspite of the fact that the majority of doctors are still noble but a weaker force on account of their virtues and despite all their virtuosity.
Divine and noble doctors have always believed in the one and only marketing mantra, that behind every single patient that they drew into their chambers there were the accumulated experiences of several such patients that had been meticulously and religiously treated by them in the past. Pursuing any other form of direct and or indirect marketing mechanisms shall amount to punishable contravention of the medical ethics code. In keeping with the commercial tornado that is sweeping across a portion of the medical fraternity much against the 'Doctrines of Hippocrates', where in, to many simple, noble and divine doctors that believe in quiet and honest down to earth medical work there are the few others that indulge in seductive marketing gimmicks amounting to their very intentions having become highly questionable and yet they continued to remain and flourish as a force left untouched by the MCI.
Please permit me to draw the attention of the readers to the items, "MCI goes in for strict medical code, The Hindu, 6 / 5 / 2002" and ready to include ' non-medical members, MCI tells apex court, The Hindu, 27 / 11 / 2003.
Let us not undermine
the fact that MCI is 100 % aware of all the delinquent activities of
doctors ranging from medical negligence, unethical advertising, monstrous fleecing
name of investigations-cum-hospitalizations-cum-treatment procedures, unethical
with pharmaceutical industries to more severe and bizarre crimes in the capacity
of touts, rapists, pornographers, inhumane experimenters with special reference
to ART CLINICS
and etc. and that MCI is also aware that it cannot punish the offending
doctors without washing its own dirty linen in the public and without inviting
and earning the wrath of the
so called "Corporate Mafia" also known to the common man as "Medical
In the recent times medical profession as a whole has come under a lot of scrutiny and criticism by people belonging to every walk of life and the index incident is enough proof to the sheer abuse of science and technology to suit the whims and fancies of the individuals concerned. This incident is likely to send wrong signals into our people and other doctors by rule and not by an exception, which in all likelihood would misfire and boomerang upon us under the guise of mis-placed expectations, un-realistic demands, more unethical efforts and highly traumatizing / trapping consequences.
It is very disturbing, alarming and frightening to foresee the bio-psycho-social implications of a futuristic world, filled with people born out of 63 year old wombs to fathers in their mid-seventies ?!
Man in the name of science and technology is free to venture out to solve all the puzzles and riddles of nature, yet, he should not be permitted to take on the obligations and duties of nature and let us also sadly remember that the admirers of medicine are slowly turning into it's vigilant observers in large numbers and this is not a healthy sign for our doctor community. IMA / MCI / ICMR should now intervene and conduct an enquiry into this nauseating breach of medical ethics.
The disturbing, alarming and frightening news items, "drug firm used orphans for HIV trials ( The Hindu, 05/04/2004 )", "terrorist dawood undergoing cosmetic surgery ( The Hindu, 05/04/2004 )" and "donor milked his blood for a living, battles for life ( 03/04/2004 )" are further serious insults to our medical community. Breach of the universal medical code of ethics, evil and twisted manipulation of medical science, knowledge and technology, gross neglect of safety and concern of the subjects seeking medical treatment, callous handling and disposal of blood and tissue donors and inhumane concern for those being used in medical experimentation are rampant all over the world and such incidents do not happen without the connivance of mediocre doctors that lack in originality, scientific temper, religious beliefs and socio-ethical considerations. These unfortunate developments in medicine shall pose more complex problems for the thinking common man in general and philosophers in particular.
Scientific temper upholds evidence and reason whilst religious belief values introspection and intuitive experiences. For a holistic understanding of life both approaches are necessary and complementary. Scientific progress and experimentation shall be responsible for mankind's annihilation as and when it occurs, but, that will happen only when man forgets that science is a method and an approach, to be necessarily regulated by ethical-moral principles of truth, justice, compassion, universal welfare and fair-play, which, though battered beyond recognition by man's ulterior motives, are still being recognized as legitimate aspirations by all right thinking men across the globe.
Therefore, the development
of strict socio-ethical standards of experimentation with mankind becomes
a very vital
need and equally important is the need for
stringent social and ethical supervision of such standards or else in
of a scientific religiosity that blends reason and devotion smoothly, the conflict
between man and science will continue till either of them is either exhausted
totally wiped out.
b) Gandhiji on religion,
faith and conversion........secular blueprint relevant
c) " Could doctors be gods again
? " series
of articles on the internet by
d) "Trick or Treat" ( post-mortem in Tamil ) by Dr. K R Sethuraman.
ByDr. S Selvakumaran,
India 638 003.