The Curse of Deification
Gods don’t complain.
Gaslight : (verb)manipulate (someone) by psychological means into doubting their own sanity
You know, condition them into believing they have no rights. Guilt them, when they start asking for rights.
Dragging “ethics” into the argument, very conveniently gaslights a medical professional into believing she is at fault. When we bring ethics into the picture, we pretend that it is possible to function in this setup. We make it look like sacrificing sleep, lives and well, the little things that make life are a choice that every doctor should make. A choice.Calling it a choice, making it a question of ethics places undue pressure on the doctor.
If we move on to examine the unhealthy work hours, inadequate pay, disproportionate workload owing to the scarcity of doctors… all of these get justified if you assume that it is the moral duty of a doctor to sacrifice his basic rights. However, we forget that at the end of the day a doctor is human. He should not need to choose between a decent life and his profession.
On that note, the real question is can we humanly expect a person to give his best in the given condition? Can one make lifesaving decisions to the best of his ability when his own life is at stake? “Can he?” Not “will he?”
This brings me to the saddest part of the current scenario: most protests that are so vehemently condemned aren't even for a decent life. Those protests have been staged just to ask for the right to live. Is it unethical to want to live? Although, I don't really see myself caring for ethics when I'm dead because of them. How many lives can a dead doctor save anyway?
Moreover, even if a doctor is spared his life, he is expected to cater to the whims of every bureaucrat, politician and businessman who wield undue power. Policies, service bonds, transfers and livelihoods all are manipulated by those with a less than rudimentary knowledge of this field. In short, a doctor is cornered. To which, she peacefully protests. The nature of her job is such that it affects patients. So, the doctor is asked to refrain from protesting. Ideally, she submits yet again to the status quo.
There are other ways of protesting, you could say. You know, such as writing or talking. These are ways of protest that will harm no patients. However, these are ways that will be futile. A protest can yield result only if it garners attention and honestly, a simple strike is perhaps the most peaceful way to do so. At least, these protests have made people pay attention. They have at least suggested that doctors are humans and they need to be treated as such. True, people haven't accepted that fact but at least, they're debating it.
Take away that right to protest. You have generations of frustrated individuals capable only of providing suboptimal services. You have future generations who fear stepping into this profession because they can't even complain.
Is it ethical to deter people from joining the medical profession? This will only create a deadlock that compounds the strain on healthcare providers in this country. In conclusion, I'm going to go out on a limb and say neither doctor nor patient deserve that.