freedom for doctors 

India celebrates its Independence Day every year on 15th August, commemorating its freedom from British rule in 1947. It is the day that all Indians pay homage to our freedom fighters and leaders for their immense contribution that led to freedom of our country. In this democratic country, everyone from a homeless person to the president of India have right to exercise their freedom. Then why are doctors suppressed from their professional freedom? In a country where there is just about 1 doctor for 1700 patients, the Doctors are always over worked and swamped with patients. This leads to a minimal or no family life along with lots of personal sacrifices from missing family member’s birthday to their child’s birth. Nowadays, the biggest stress for doctors are medico-legal issues. And, it is not without any reason. Doctors are being blamed for mistakes that others make. Many untoward events in free camps and community services are instantly blamed on doctors which later are found to be an administrative error. In our country, doctors are arrested merely due to clerical error in PCPNDT act. There are many such cases surfacing every day, which have made working as a doctor even more difficult. This has led to such extreme situations wherein doctors have been severely injured or even some have died due to attacks from violent patients. The Indian Medical Association confirmed that over 75% of doctors in India have faced some form of violence at the patient’s hands. To add fuel to this, the media has also damaged Doctors’ image. To top it all, the government has made it mandatory for every doctor to work in rural area for 2 years. Now, government is making law that might prohibit doctors to travel overseas for work, to stop “brain drain” from India. These regressive policies by the government are further restricting doctors from performing their professional duties. Overall the unhealthy lifestyle of doctor has resulted in health issues due to irregular working hours, work pressure about patient cases, and stress about medico-legal cases. So, the person that treats and guides everyone into a healthy living himself/herself is suffering from some sort of illness. Because of this strenuous life the younger generation of doctors is losing their drive to work as a doctor and just treating it as a job and nothing more. They have no passion left from this noble profession. Other professionals get holidays, get nice pay hikes and can go home at a fixed time. They have freedom to choose their workplace, and have a happy life with great work-family balance. There is no such freedom for doctors. They are always ON CALL. Hope Doctors in India will soon gain their professional freedom as well. “So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.” – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.


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