SAVE THE DOCTOR- INDEED...

(An open letter to the young Indian Doctor)   Dear Friends, The campaign started by the young doctors has gone viral. Much has been voiced by the junior doctors in the hot seat as well as policy makers. As expected from an educated community, the voices of passion are balanced by those of reason too. After watching the unfolding events and debates, here is my Save the Doctor (from) wish list for you- From Present day Medical Education– A system which while training the MBBS doctor constantly undermines the very degree by devaluing primary care and moving training to tertiary care paradigms. From the Consumer Market– A market that has created both the present day Doctor and his patient- consumerist by instinct, impatient by nature. From the politics of this country– Where vote bank protectionism may take reservations even up to super-specialisation, where ‘minority institutions’ cater more often than not to the ‘poor little rich’ minority. From the Unreasonable Society: Which expects their children to become doctors and rake in the moolah, while expecting their neighbour’s child to be the altruistic self sacrificing individual. From oneself– Who buys into the constant hype and expectation from family and society, starts putting oneself on the same illusionary pedestal, fostering a sense of misplaced entitlement. Doctors, don’t just ask for symptomatic treatment here. The systemic intervention required to correct this anomaly won’t come without pain. If recent history tells us anything, it is not to expect NEET solutions for complex issues. You can’t wish away the underlying reality which has created the public dissatisfaction with the Medical Profession. Think about it, even in this campaign, of the 95,000+ supporters, there is quite a number who got into the system subverting it and will continue subverting it irrespective...