The current situation of doctors in Nepal is one of the major factors that is causing the doctors of our generation to practice medicine in a foreign country. At least we won’t have a fear to be beaten up by an angry mob when the patient dies (even after the doctors did all they could).
This type of situation is highly demotivating and will have an impact on the health sector of Nepal for a long time. Lack of Professional security, unfair wages are some of the few reasons that implant the dream of USMLE(USA), GMC(UK), AMC(AUS) in the mind of the young medical students and doctors who don’t see or don’t want a future here.
And when all the competent Doctors leave the country for a place with better job security, job satisfaction, paygrade, respect then the country will be left with lack of manpower and will go through a medical crisis with lack of manpower.
People may argue “Doctors should not work for money, they should do good to the society,” I ask WHY? Does anyone tell an engineer to build houses/roads for “betterment of the society”? OR ask the banks to give away money for the same cause. No!
Then why should we do that? Is it wrong that I would want luxuries of modern society after doing my job to the best I can? If I paid a large sum of money for my education is it wrong that I would like to earn a lot more?
So someone who spends their better part of their life and a large sum of money to be a doctor, why would he/she like to remain in a place with minimal pay, lack of freedom to practice their skills and fear. of getting beaten! And they know they have way better alternatives abroad.
I don’t believe Doctors are next to God, I don’t want to be called that either. The medical profession is like just another profession and we are just like other people. We have our own set of skills and limitations just like any other professionals and people seem to forget this.
I am not denying the fact that there is no medical negligence and some doctors are responsible for the wrong outcomes and they are at fault. But it’s not the angry mob or the saddened family of the patient who decides who was at fault.
We have proper laws and the government and Nepal Medical Council(NMC) to investigate it and decide whose fault was there if any. And one can even be banned to practice medicine for life if any major negligence is found. But No! Here, the mob decides that ALWAYS the doctor is at fault. It’s like saying that if some students fail in exams/do bad then the teachers are ALWAYS at fault! If the student doesn’t study properly then whatever the teachers do that student will fail and it won’t be the fault of the teachers. The same analogy applies in case of a doctor and a patient.
If the situation continues like this we will see a decline in the competent people wanting to join medicine in the first place let alone practice here and the quality of the services will degrade causing more mishappenings and the vicious cycle will continue.