Our doctors are highly respected in advanced countries like the U.S.A., Germany etc. Many of the complicated surgeries performed here are of world class and at a much lesser cost.
Prime Minister Modi has caused incalculable damage to the entire medical fraternity of India by accusing it of being hand-in-glove with pharma companies. And what is worse is that he launched this totally unprovoked attack on his own country’s doctors on foreign soil (London).
Assuming for a moment for the sake of argument that the allegation is true, how justified was he using a London platform to run down his own country’s doctors? The well-established protocol is that no PM or representative of the govt can wash dirty linen abroad. Modi is the first PM to violate this protocol. By this one act, he has amply proved that he doesn’t care a damn for the nation or its image abroad.
Having said that I would like to state that his effort to paint the entire fraternity in the blackest of hues with the same brush is not only baseless but also malafide.
There are black sheep in every profession and field. In fact, they are in an overwhelming majority in politics. But how justified is it to run down an entire profession just because of a few black sheep? In fact, Modi has defamed all doctors by portraying them as men and women who are out to make a fast buck willy-nilly. Yes, complaints are made against doctors. But after the medical profession was brought within the ambit of the Consumer Protection Act, patients, and their families have a forum before which they can go with their grievances n get justice. In fact, the inclusion of the medical profession under this Act has put tremendous pressure on doctors who are finding the proverbial sword of Damocles hanging over their heads 24×7. Every patient is a potential litigant. A miasma of distrust and suspicion has entered a doctor-patient relationship which a sacred one.
Mr Modi has no moral right to talk about corruption in the medical field because his own govt has been doing everything possible to cover up a Rs 6,000 Cr scam in AIMS, Delhi.
However, despite the hostile ecosystem in which our doctors are forced to function, most of them are performing their duties to the best of their ability. To run them down is grossly uncharitable and shows how badly PM Modi is cut off from the ground reality. Doctors were already covered under the Law of Torts, Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act etc. Over and above these, the Supreme Court included medical professionals who charge fees under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
Despite these constraints, the medical profession has been rendering Yeoman’s service to society. In fact, our doctors are highly respected in advanced countries like the U.S.A., Germany etc. Many of the complicated surgeries performed here are of world class and that too at a cost much less than abroad.
Mr Modi if you cannot encourage our doctors it’s okay….but for heaven’s sake don’t run them down. If they are so bad why do you and all VVIPs have doctors on call 24 hrs?
Mr Modi has no moral right to talk about corruption in the medical field because his own govt has been doing everything possible to cover up a Rs 6,000 Cr scam in AIMS, Delhi. The earlier Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardan started unearthing massive corruption in AIMS. What was Modi’s response? He simply replaced Dr Harsh Vardhan with JP Nadda who is closing corruption cases even as the CBI has indicted certain officials of AIMS. In fact, Sanjeev Chaturvedi, who was a vigilance officer at AIMS has unearthed massive evidence of corruption. But Modi has brushed it aside. Nadda ought to have taken, under the law, the PM’s sanction before closing corruption cases. He did no such thing. But Modi is okay with this major violation. Now a PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court.
So much for Modi’s big talk of “Na khaoonga aur na khane doonga” !! And such a leader is calling our doctors corrupt?? Some joke this!!!!
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.