AIMS OF SERVICE DOCTERS WING
There is an old saying:
“With great power comes great responsibility”And we, doctors have been placed next only to God Himself - “Vaidyo Narayano Harihi”. Just imagine our responsibility to the society at large!
An eminent Radiologist, Robert
Hutchison’s prayer: “From... too much zeal for the new and contempt for the old; From putting knowledge before wisdom; science before art:
Cleverness before commonsense; From treating patients as cases and From making cure of disease more grievous than the endurance thereof: Good Lord, please deliver us”
Where are we heading? Open any newspaper/news channel – every other day we read and hear about our own brethren, in the wrong light – be it negligence cases, cases of infamous conduct – to out right greed, culminating in crimes against the society. Of course, the majority of our fraternity practices our profession in “Good Faith” for the benefit of the society, but these black sheep do bring bad name to our noble profession. We still have not properly recovered from the attack launched by actor Aamir Khan on a national channel in his serial “Satyameva Jayate”. Our rightful indignation and damnation of the same forced him to render a public apology on 15th August, in the last episode of the same serial.
The main ethical principles (modified from the principles of Bio-Ethics as described by Beauchamp and Childress) to guide the medical fraternity in treating the patients are:
4. Compassion and
Doctor’s duty towards patients:
- Decide whether or not to undertake the case.
- Decide what treatment to give
- Must take care in the administration of that treatment.
The following cases are to be reported to the police and dealt with as MLCs by the doctor on duty in the casualty:
1. All cases of injuries and burns –the circumstances of which suggest commission of an offence by somebody. (irrespective of suspicion of foul play)
2. All vehicular, factory or other unnatural accident cases specially when there is a likelihood of patient’s death or grievous hurt.
3. Cases of suspected or evident sexual assault.
4. Cases of suspected or evident criminal abortion.
5. Cases of unconsciousness where its cause is not natural or not clear.
6. All cases of suspected or evident poisoning or intoxication.
7. Cases referred from court or otherwise for age estimation.
8. Cases brought dead with improper history creating suspicion of an offence.
9. Cases of suspected self-infliction of injuries or attempted suicide.
10. Any other case not falling under the above categories but has legal implications.