Justice for the Victims?

Do you believe people should be held accountable for their actions?  I will venture to guess your answer is yes. Now, do you believe that doctors should be held liable for the patient care they give?  Again, a yes I’m sure. See also this interesting Ontario video on the subject :

But ponder this, what if a doctor does not act in the best interest of his patients, does not act in a responsible way, does not take the concerns of a patient seriously, resulting in misdiagnosis, injury or worse, death? This gets a bit complicated, doesn’t it?

Many try to put the fault of doctors uncaring attitudes upon health insurance companies saying that they involve themselves too much in the doctor/patient relationship, but how can a professional actually try to pawn off the responsibility of what they do in their office or in the hospital to be ruled by what a health insurance company policy says?

Doctors take a Hippocratic Oath to give the best possible care to each and every patient, that oath should not be ever forgotten,  nor should it be the excuse for any practitioner to not feel they are culpable for malpractice. We, nurses, see so much and we’re confronted with this issue on a regular basis. We, as nurses, treat our patients with utmost respect and provide quality care and I truly believe, as we all are adults here, that mistakes and malpractice should be addressed in the proper way.

Malpractice. It occurs on a regular basis, but some patients feel so dejected or have undergone so much at the hands of their caregiver they never file a medical grievance, they’ve become so devastated and/or tormented by their treatment that many lose heart. As a result, there are more people who are in turn treated with the same uncaring approach. See also this post: “Nurse-Staffing Ratio: Patient’s Perspective” 

What will it take to make doctors realize it is not an insurance company’s duty to give the best possible medical care to people, but rather it is the responsibility of the doctors themselves.  They hide behind policies instead of living up to what they pledged. Now, what would happen if nurses would have a similar attitude when carrying out interventions? Would the world be big enough?

Doctors try to discredit the patients. Would we tolerate this type of treatment from the people we encounter in our daily lives? Why then should we concede?  Negligence on the part of practitioners is often dismissed by a peer review panel…where is the justice to those who have been victimized? In our daily hard work, we’re being confronted not only with insults from patients (see: A Letter From A Nurse). To doctors, we need to shut up or run the risk of losing our jobs, can you believe that? Well, that’s how insulting and wrong it can get as well.

If you feel that something needs to be done to ensure that doctors are held accountable for their actions please take the time to educate yourself on just how to seek justice…you wouldn’t want to be the victim of malpractice. If you were, what would or could you do? Become informed on your rights as a patient…if we are going to receive the treatment we deserve. Yes, I say “we” as we may also get in your position and often, we’re treated disrespectfully as well!

I admit I like to work with good nurses. I can work with a good nurse every day! We can have to do the job under pressure, short-staffed, and still get home smelling like beautiful roses with sunny attitudes and in a cheerful mood. But like not all good nurses are good persons, not all doctors are necessarily good doctors or good persons.

We are not just nurses. We as well may get into a situation that we need our doctors to perform their highly specialized and sometimes very difficult on ourselves. Just like you, we want the best care and if something goes wrong, just learn to inform us properly. What else do have doctors their insurance policies for? Af could they be afraid they’ll be kicked out?