State of Doctors: Medicine Shortage & Assault Frequent in Delhi
Camerapersons: Mukul Bhandari & Shiv Kumar Maurya
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Despite being subjected to verbal abuse almost every day and working shifts which often extend to 36 hours, Dr Anjali* is not keen to switch to private practice.
In April 2019, a patient’s attendant slapped Dr Anjali after an argument about whether the hospital was administering the correct treatment to the patient.
Violence and verbal abuse are commonplace struggles at Delhi’s RML Hospital, where Dr Anjali has been working since the past few years.
Although she has ten years of experience as a medical practitioner, Dr Anjali isn’t considering switching to private practice anytime soon. She is driven by a passion to serve people and takes one day at a time.
Though Delhi enacted a new law in 2008 which prohibited violence against medicare professionals, assault of doctors remains unabated.
The new system of institutional FIRs in cases of violence against doctors is also not helpful with the police hardly making any arrests.
At Hindu Rao Hospital, doctors are worried about the shortage of medicine stocks.
Dr Choudhary, who has been practicing medicine since 2011, claims that the hospital is not well-equipped to handle patients who are in a critical condition.
Poor infrastructure is one of the main reasons behind the friction between doctors and patients’ attendants.
Even though the Delhi government has announced that it will appoint marshals in hospitals, the question remains: How will an additional layer of security help these crippling health institutions?