A doctor is the only person you literally trust with your life but who are doctors answerable to?
We trust them with the most confidential parts of our lives, we trust them to treat us and above all we trust their judgement over our health and wellbeing.
We do not put a fraction of this faith into anyone else and we do this without question but behind the scenes, how do we truly know what is happening? When things go wrong, bad decisions are made, wrong medications are prescribed or symptoms simply ignored? Who stands responsible? Who judges these people, those doctors who hold our lives in their hands? In any other profession there are ombudsmen, departments and teams to protect those who find themselves at risk or failed by the very people who are supposed to help them. But what about the medical profession?
The medical profession, unlike any other, polices itself. It is the only profession that never has to answer to or make public any findings of misconduct or malpractice.
Instead, when a patient makes a complaint what happens?
That complaint has no tracking, it may get no further than its initial point, how does any member of the public know?
The cloud of secrecy which shrouds the medical service is not restricted to any particular country. This self protecting group of people “dedicated” to saving lives can and actually does get away with murder. And there is next to nothing the general public, who have nowhere else to turn when in time of need, can do about it. “Doctor Patient Confidentiality” even it seems after the death of a patient means doctors are not held accountable even under the law, they have no obligation to reveal any records. There is no public accountability, no independent monitoring from any public nominated or involved group. The records kept by doctors are almost totally impenetrable beyond their closed doors.
What does this mean for those people who find themselves on the wrong side of a practicing doctor or any member of the medical profession?
It means the general public have no rights to know what happened, why and who is responsible for mistakes, misdiagnosis, long term ill health caused by error or even death.
On the whole, while medical people receive high accolades for their merciful help to a grateful public is this truly the case? Or is the medical service merely a monopolising, self governing, money making corporation that takes care of its own regardless of the distress and merciless attitude toward those it harms?
In no other walk of life is anybody else held in such high and untouchable regard as doctors and nurses. Very few doctors are brought to book for any wrongdoing, indeed very few are suspended, prosecuted or publicly made to account for their actions. They appear to be beyond the reach of the law that governs any other mere mortal on this planet.
The Code of Practice is set by Medical Councils in each country which is much the same the world over, doctors are all protected by internal enquiries and policing. These are held behind closed doors, no member of the public is permitted to be present.
This belies a darker and hidden side, a side to which doctors do not report on other doctors, the firm closing of ranks to protect their own and the secrecy behind which doctors and nurses are out of reach of prosecution. Have doctors and the medical profession in general been put too far out of the control of the people they are there to help? Do they actually deserve let alone have earned this unwavering gratitude, godlike worship and pedestal that put them on a higher plain or is it time the veil was brought down that separate “them and us” and the cloisters that house this autonomous profession safeguarding it from any accountability and have its doors flung open to expose the true workings and those who stand firmly above the law.
Medication is prescribed by doctors in direct relationship with the pharmaceutical companies who patronise the doctor’s surgeries and doctors are often tied to using drugs produced by certain companies rather than drugs more suitable to the patient.
The prices paid for medication will also affect the doctor’s choice of treatment for their patients, and this does not always mean the best decisions. If a pharmaceutical company is losing money it needs to bridge the shortfall via other drugs it produces, therefore the decisive treatment chosen by a doctor may be more suited to the pharmaceutical industry than to the patient themselves. New drugs on the market are not always widely tried and tested, doctors can be “persuaded” with incentives, drugs with a solid medical history which are either out of patent and/or where the side effects are already widely known are usually made difficult for patients to obtain as well as for Doctors to Prescribe. Even when they are often the best option and the side effects are easier to manage given their history.
So where does a patient stand should the drug prescribed not be suitable for them? Can or will the doctor feel free enough to source another company’s medication or a medication more suited to the Patient but not the accepted norm established by the Medical Board?
Patients are often railroaded into treatment without alternatives being offered or discussed.
The relationship between the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the Medical Councils/Medical Boards that keep the never-ending, ever changing prescribing of new and more medications cycle going on and on and on. The life cycle of this parasitic system is what is maintained.
Patients are simply swallowed up into this vicious cycle, where their health is of no interest what so ever to the continued existence of this parasitic three part system. In fact it is the control and gradual reduction of the patient’s health which keeps Doctors, Medical Councils/Boards and Pharmaceutical companies in existence.
The Medical Councils/Boards that govern doctors and lay down the guidelines move the demarcation lines as new treatments become available. The origins of the doctor’s profession, once known as Alchemy, gave way when science moved in and became the dominant practice so did the worship and awe struck gasps of these “miracles” performed by doctors, their practices and operations done to an audience. The hapless patient a mere spectacle and object for the doctor to amaze those lesser than himself. The more blood spattered the doctor’s apron the greater he was admired.
Has this sentiment not gone? Or has it merely morphed into something more in keeping with today’s “audience”.
Doctors still command the highest respect, their profession is one considered above all others but has the patient not gained anything more in relevance than they were as a circus sideshow, an impressive blood spatter on the doctor’s apron, only today there are great financial gains to be had, the rewards are much easier to achieve and above all, the patient has no more power than they did when the science of the doctor first became king.
By Elaine Hasty – United Kingdom
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