Doctors lack training in medical ethics: DAK

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that doctors in Kashmir lack training in medical ethics.

Describing it as an essential component of patient care, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that doctors are not taught medical ethics during their training.

“Medical ethics are moral principles in the practice of medicine to which a physician has an obligation. Kind words, compassion and empathy have an equal hand in cure as much as medical competence does,” Dak said in a statement issued here.

“But this need is often not met. Patients leave hospitals dissatisfied as doctors do not spend time in talking, listening and more importantly hearing them. They are increasedly irritated by the non-committal attitude and professional distance they encounter,” the statement added.

“You might have healed their physical illness, but hurt in their feelings by the interpersonal treatment they receive. A medical student only learns how to diagnose diseases, but never learns moral principles,” it added.

“Any treatment can be undone in just a few moments by the physician’s wrong attitude. Teachers have to be role models to shape the ethics of medical trainees, but students often observe them treating patients with shocking contempt,” the statement issued by the medico body said.

“Patients recover their health simply through their contentment with the goodness of a physician. No matter how competent a doctor is he/she cannot be a good doctor unless he/she is a caring person,” the statement said.

“While the subject of medical ethics is given prime importance in all medical schools of the world, but in Kashmir it is completely ignored. As a result, there is deteriorating doctor-patient relationship and increasing conflicts between doctors and patients relatives,” it said.

“Inclusion of formal ethics training in medical schools has been identified as an important step by which the need for ethical behavior can be reinforced and faith in medical profession can be revived,” the statement added.

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