Negligence And Medical Ethics

Here I am trying to explain how Medical Negligence and Medical Ethics are interlinked and why doctors must do all they can to defend our ethics. I am sharing case history, every day clinical examinations and management of common illness to explain why they are unethical medical practice. Since I published a letter in 1996, critisising the use of preprinted assessment sheet, allowing nurses to work like doctors in the NHS(UK), the number of deaths, complications and wrong doings has escalated to catastrophic proportions. Doctors who continue to work are suffering in silence. The ones who raised concern were systamatically harassed, bullied and ostracised. The institutions, associations, nursing council and the Royal Colleges and the WMA have ignored their duty to protect fellow human. I do not think we can claim to be members of a "Noble Profession" if we allow this un-ethical medical practice continues. The General Medical Has not only ignored their duty to protect fellow human but also discriminated doctors passing out from Non-European medical schools by allowing nurses to work like doctors. This institution has failed to define the word "Doctor" and has inflicted pain and suffering to doctors who defend their moral and ethical duty. Our profession and our lives are threatened by emerging and antibiotic resistant infections. We must join hands and defend our profession. By allowing nurses with no medical school training or skill to clinically examine patients to diagnose and prescribe drugs, we have failed to protect fellow human who trust our profession. This is substandard, un-ethical medical practice that has brought us shame must be stopped. Please leave your comments and criticise me if I am wrong. As a Hindu Brahmin, it is my religious duty to defend "Dharma", protect the sick and vulnerable. Please watch this presentation and ask your self have you fulfilled your promise and are you defending your faith?
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  • 70. ACT OF OMISSION Wrong Diagnosis & Treatment resulted in spreading infection to others in the family
  • 71. ACT OF OMISSION Diagnosed But Treatment Not Given  2 years old child taken to local walk-in-clinic on Saturday. Seen by a nurse and told the child has chest infection. No treatment given but asked to consult doctor in the surgery on Monday morning. Child seen on Monday morning as an emergency. The child was unwell, grunting and breathless with mild fever. Clinically “Serious lobar pneumonia” due to delay and not offering antibiotics early. The nurse should have offered antibiotic or refer to hospital care. The nurses are not allowed to treat children less than 2 years in the walk in clinic, so the nurse did not do what a prudent doctor in a similar situation would do (Ref to refer to specialist care in a hospital). This is an “Act of Omission” and so “Medical Negligence
  • 72. ACT OF OMMISION Correct Diagnosis But Not Managed Well  District nurse visit terminally ill patient at home. He is on high dose of codeine phosphate and opioids for pain relief.  This patient complaints about pain in supra-pubic area and unable to pass urine and severe constipation.  District nurse
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