The Hippocratic Oath has many versions

Published : 9:00 am  December 21, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (582) reads | 

Doc behaviour indicates that a Lankanised one is uniquely different

Many who hoped that the Yaha government would deliver ‘good governance’ must have heaved sighs of relief that the PM was able to defuse a volatile countrywide ‘tools down’ threat challenging an unpopular budget. Although patch work, the scaling down and softening of certain budget proposals albeit some costly financial repercussions, worked.

Duty free every five years

Shelton Perera the owner of the Wallside Restaurant and Bar pouring over the ‘Daily Dodger’ smiled when he read the headlines screaming that the strike was off.  “Strike’s off, Darlo,” he told his wife Joy sitting across the breakfast table. “Thank God, after the pasting in the hands of the former crowd people deserve a better deal with the Yaha crowd. By the way what happened to our docs’ car permits?”


“That subject also featured prominently on two fronts; the recipients of the permits; docs or others who qualified for it and car dealers. Duty-free cars have become a grand business for both sides, but the country loses billions in taxes.”


“I didn’t see that part of it,” said Joy.


“Consider our politicos benefiting from duty-free car permits in addition to  official vehicles they are given and the ones they grab from other state departments to ‘serve the people’. When duty-free car permits to MPs came to pass sometime ago, I asked a former MP a distant cousin really, ‘Malli, why duty-free permits to politicos?’ he said: ‘The government knows we are underpaid, and they know we can sell duty free cars  at a good profit.’ At least he was honest about it.”


 

 

"Excepting a handful of rare gems, most doctors are just ordinary quartz in exhibitions of quartz-like performances in doctoring"







“But surely,” laughed Joy, “without going at a tangent, the government could have given them salary hikes for what they pretend to do and don’t do?”


“No way; the government would have had to explain salary hikes only to politicos. The duty-free permit every so many years was a safe ploy.”


“But duty free-permits didn’t stop them from robbing the country dry, did it?”


“Governments are to be blamed for that; they did nothing to curb the crookedness because as it turned out, all were as crooked as their buddies sitting in Parliament on the government side. Tell me why are docs given car permits? To drive a channeling centre soon after lunch? I think the idea behind duty-free cars to docs was to sugar them up to stay put in the country and not fly away to greener pastures abroad. But it did not work, did it? Doc migration continues even today.


“But aren’t our doctors doing a good job caring for the sick, Shelley?” asked Joy.


“Be serious, excepting a handful of rare gems, most doctors are just ordinary quartz in exhibitions of quartz-like performances in doctoring; don’t you see what’s happening before your eyes?” asked Shelton.


 

Hippocratic Oath

“Meeowww, me thinks Mrs. Shelton spends too much time in the house. She doesn’t seem to know that most of our governors’ docs are of a unique breed.”


Sprawled on a carpet nearby, Tommo a pussycat in the employ of Shelton Perera purred to his pal and fellow worker Ooty an owl napping on the arm of his favourite chair, “Thuhooot. Howzzat?” asked the sleepy bird.


“Purshsh! Most of them are a disgrace. First they don’t spend a cent in becoming a doc. Our governors meet that cost. But, after becoming doctors most of them forget they are supposed to be healers and go to town on material gain agendas.”


“Ha,hah,haaa,” the owl laughed the way owls do. “I have heard of their great medical expertise also; amputating good legs, nothing-wrong fingers and other body parts, non-cancerous breasts and giving wrong injections and pills.”


“Purrshsh, from where did you get that stuff?”





 

"The Hippocratic Oath includes a pledge to serve the ill, practise medicine with conscience and dignity, disregarding all differences and the maintenance of respect to human lives and not violate human rights and civil liberties etc. describing undertakings of courteous and honourable healers"







“From the Daily Dodger,” the bird hooted. “But, do you know why these mishaps are not heard in court? Docs who removed the wrong breast or leg strike deals with the unfortunate patient to keep the ‘surgical misadventure’ under hatches. What’s the point in rocking the boat now? What’s cut is cut and buried. Let’s talk of monetary damage control, shall we?’ The doc mafia headed by its garrulous  bosses also gets into the picture in full support of their brother who is about to become meat for a legal axe severing his participation in doctoring. It is also a time when other medical members of staff stay mum and tell-tale medical records disappear. Like it happens in other countries, have you heard of a doc here getting struck off the register for doing whatever he was not supposed to do? Well, I haven’t. Going to court and proving any doc’s guilt is like going to the moon in a private bus. Whoom, when considering all that, some docs must be getting off with murder.”





 

Are there remedies?

 “Meeeoowwwyep (Yep). Why are docs so special? If you disregard their stethoscopes and their massive duty-free SUVs, they are like any other governor. And although they have taken the Hippocratic Oath most are medical hypocrites…”


“What’s that Hippo something you just mentioned?” The bird wanted to know.


 “It’s a sort of undertaking that began 2500 years ago Docs were obliged to take. It began with a governor called Hippocrates, considered as the father of medicine.  Basically it includes codes a doc undertakes to follow in practising medicine. The Hippocratic Oath includes a pledge to serve the ill, practise medicine with conscience and dignity, disregard to age, sex, ethnicities, religions and social standing of patients, maintenance of respect to human lives and not violate human rights and civil liberties…etc all of which describes undertakings to be nice, courteous, honourable healers of the sick….”








 

"Docs here must be taking a localised version of that oath that includes rights to car permits, private practice during working hours, charge roof-blowing fees, take kick backs, be nasty, cover up surgical blunders and a right to strike at the drop of a feather in a chicken coop"










“Thuhoot, then perhaps docs here must be taking a localised version of that oath that includes rights to car permits, private practice during working hours, charge patients roof-blowing fees, kick backs from pharmacy companies, medical labs and private hospitals, be nasty to those who ask questions, cover up blunders in surgeries and wrong treatment, medical negligence and a right to strike at the drop of a feather in a chicken coop. And, after such a variety of star performances in butchery, duty free cars every five years? It’s a bloody joke. Of course there’s nothing governors could do about that situation, but the government can and recently the present one did remove that concession. What did the medical hypocrites do then? They threatened a strike; their usual ploy; and to hell with patients. I am sure, they had taken the local version of the Hippocratic Oath,” the bird giggled madly.


“Many economists- savvy, politico- savvy and plain savvy governors keep asking  why duty-free car permits to docs and some other chosen governors? What about the rest living in a free and democratic country? There is a sliver of hope though,” purred pussy. “With Yama saboteurs baying at their heels, the present regime, that looks and smells much better than the last bunch is blundering along with their Yaha programmes. Let’s wish them luck on behalf of our governors who don’t have another choice. But, considering the way the Yahapalakayas are going I am afraid they’ll trip themselves up by their own bone-headedness.”