These are not the two stray incidents where the medicos have been assaulted or manhandled but quite off and on there have been reports of medicos being manhandled and in some cases to the extent of putting their life to danger. And the medicos has come heavily on these two incidents and threatened to take democratic action in the event of failure of local authorities to nab the culprit.
"Condemning the two separate assaults on doctors on the 16th and 25th August last, the Arunachal Pradesh Doctors' Association (APDA) has said that if the local authorities of Longding and Pasighat (where the incidents occurred) do not take immediate and appropriate action to nab and punish the culprits, ApDA would be forced to take appropriate and democratic action of it's own."
-The Arunachal Front
I too strongly condemn these two incidents where the medicos, who renders selfless service to the society has been manhandled but the question that comes to mind is:
Why do such incidents occur? Why doctors are manhandled?
As the reason/motive behind manhandling/assault on the medicos in the above instances is not known (not reported in the media), let me try to reason out the circumstances leading to occurrence of such incidents. The reasoning is not comprehensive in nature but purely based on the circumstances that I've witnessed in these past years, leading to assault on doctors.
With simple-minded yet hot-tempered people, putting the medicos in a very high esteem almost equating them with God having the power to bring back dead to life, it is quite often being seen that it is not the person, who assaults the medicos, are at fault alone but to some extent the medicos are to be blamed too. The reasons for such instances could be varied-from communication gap to state of mind of the relative of patient to the lackadaisical attitude of medicos. To elaborate on my reasoning let me cite some situations that usually lead to assault on medicos.
Situation I: A terminally ill patient at the last stage is brought to hospital for which the doctor has not much to do and the patient dies. The relatives of the patient who had put their hopes on the medicos that the patient would be saved (as they think that the medicos has the power to bring back the dead to life) loose their cool and starts manhandling the medic putting the blame entirely on medic. Here neither the medic nor the relatives of the patient, who has very disturbed state of mind at that instant, are at fault but it is the communication gap between the patient party and the medic that is at fault.
Situation II: A patient is brought to the hospital needing emergent attention, but emergency medic is nowhere at sight. The staff nurse on duty is asked to locate the doctor. Staff nurse returns and tells that the doctor would be attending the patient in a while. But even after quite a time, doctor is nowhere at sight and the search for the doctor leads to finding of doctor on emergency duty playing carom with the colleagues. Obviously, this lackadaisical attitude of the doctor is enough to boil the patient party and to let their temper loose. And with the state of mind prevailing at that time and their lack of knowledge that the doctors can be sued under Section 2(1) (o) of CPA (Consumers Protection Act), 1986 for their negligence, they take the law into their own hands and starts assaulting the medic and here I guess, it is the lackadaisical attitude of the doctor and the ignorance of the patient towards CPA that has to be blamed.
These are just two situations among so many others that may lead people to assault the doctors. Here, the need of hour is to understand what usually leads to assault on medicos? We have to isolate such situations and try to address the issues properly. In case if a person feels that there has been negligence on the part of medicos, one should go to