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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 90-91

Leaders for the medical professionals: Need of the hour


Senior Physician, Alva's Health Centre, Moodabidri, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission11-Apr-2019
Date of Acceptance01-May-2019
Date of Web Publication15-Jul-2019

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Dr. B Sadanand Naik
Senior Physician, Alva's Health Centre, Moodabidri -574 227, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/AJIM.AJIM_18_19

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There have been many eminent and leading practitioners of medicine who have received coveted awards from the State and the Union government. Unfortunately, there have been hardly any doctors who lead the medical fraternity at times of difficulty which affect the very existence of this noble profession. There is an urgent need for the eminent and all influential doctors to work for the dignity and the very existence of this great profession by taking up the mantle of the leadership.

Keywords: Doctors, leaders, medical profession


How to cite this article:
Naik B S. Leaders for the medical professionals: Need of the hour. APIK J Int Med 2019;7:90-1

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Naik B S. Leaders for the medical professionals: Need of the hour. APIK J Int Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Aug 19];7:90-1. Available from: http://www.ajim.in/text.asp?2019/7/3/90/262744



There have been many eminent and leading practitioners of medicine who have received coveted awards from the State and the Union government. Unfortunately, there have been hardly any doctors who lead the medical fraternity at times of difficulty which affect the very existence of this noble profession. Doctors have been successfully managing multi-specialty hospitals, state-of-the art medical institutions and shown that they could be as good as any management graduates.[1] However when it comes to the problems affecting the profession like atrocities against medical professionals, profession being put under unpractical and unjust laws or the Acts by the state or central governments, insensitive judgments by the judiciary which have far-reaching implications on the very nature of our practice, the leadership qualities among the doctors has been found wanting. Hard work, sincerity, and dedication are no strange qualities for most of us, but we are badly in need of leaders with these qualities to work toward the welfare of the professional colleagues and the profession.

It is practically impossible for an individual doctor to take up these issues. Registering our views, displeasure, problems through our professional bodies is the best way forward, and we are more likely to get favorable solutions. Unfortunately, the steps and the actions taken by our professional associations, bodies have been not very convincing, especially in the hours of crisis. The office bearers of the professional bodies should desist all temptation to use these posts as platform for self-propagation and shun the quest to acquire the state awards and the Padma awards, etc.

The professional associations organize extravaganza conferences year after year, but there have been hardly any discussions addressing the problems faced by the medical fraternity. However, the onus of this state of affairs is not fully with our associations but also with each one of us. Less than 50% of the doctors have become the members of the state Indian Medical Association and those who have become the members tend to show great apathy in the matters of the associations be it elections or any other genuine problems affecting our profession. Doctors seem to have too much engrossed and also somewhat fanatic about their medical practice and utterly self-centered. Doctors easily get moved by the problems of their patients, and their response to the problems faced by their professional colleagues is quite poor. Due to the lack of unity, we the doctors accepted various regulations and Acts starting from the CPA Act, PNDT Act, KPME Act, etc., lying down without any resistance. Our medical practice, clinic, and hospital, the way we treat our patients, are at the mercy of the “medically illiterate” government officials. The shackles of the draconian medical establishment bills and “andha kanoons” put forward by the so-called able administrators and political leaders of our country is going to grip the medical profession badly and it is a pity that we have become simply silent spectators. The atrocity and violence against the doctors and other health-care team members has become an everyday business. The doctors and the health-care professionals have become soft targets to the failure of the health-care policy and implementation of the government machinery. The political class not only show a blind eye on this issue but also adding fuel to the fire by their irresponsible and biased statements. It is also an unfortunate fact that the media and the members of the judiciary are having somewhat negative opinion about the problems of the health-care professionals. The proposed National Medical Commission which is going to replace the Medical Council of India (MIC) would be the final nail in the coffin of the autonomy of the medical practitioners in our country. It is beyond any imagination that how a commission comprising mostly nonmedical persons could be better off than MCI, a statutory body comprising doctors, which has been labeled as “corrupt and inefficient.”[2],[3] The panic and confusion exhibited by the medical fraternity to the legal or government orders are very hard to believe. The so-called wise and intellectual persons that the doctors are hailed appear very silly and childish with the eagerness they show to implement the instructions issued without even checking the legality of the so-called government orders. It is a great irony that the very same persons, who fight/argue tooth and nail on any other well-established and proven medical issues for hours together, lamely submit themselves to the government officials without any second thought.

There is an urgent need for the eminent and all influential doctors to work for the dignity and the very existence of this great profession by taking up the mantle of the leadership. The recent silent but very successful movement by the entire medical professionals against the renewal of the permanent medical registration in Karnataka is an eye-opener and has come as a ray of new hope. It was very heartening to witness the rise of a few of our medical colleagues taking up the mantle of leadership and it is high time that we the doctors cherish and nourish these leadership qualities. We do need strong leadership to stay united and survive. However, the leaders can only sensitize the doctors regarding the problems, and it is up to the individual doctors who are otherwise hailed as high intellectuals by the society, to act sensibly in the hours of confusion and crisis. A day may soon come where the health-care professionals may fight against the injustice slapped against them like a trade union. However, we should be vigilant that our leaders who are otherwise able and wise people, do not walk away with their personal dogmas, prejudices and ideologies while leading the professionals.

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1.
Jindal SK. Leadership in medicine. Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci 2014;56:69-70.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Available from: http://niti.gov.in/content/draft-national-medical-comm ission-bill-2016. [Last accessed on 2019 Jun 21].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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