Healthcare providers are highly respected in our society and enjoy great esteem. The duty of healthcare professionals is to relieve the patients’ suffering of physical and psychological symptoms and in doing so, they must abide by the moral and physical boundaries of their profession.
What happens when a healthcare professional crosses the line..acts in an immoral way…violates physical boundaries?
Let me tell you, what happens…
The vulnerable young patient confides to her parents. They are outraged. They confront the professional who accepts his mistake…offers to apologize and meet again with the patient for closure! (Seriously…guts!!)
The parents console their child. Write to the licencing authorities to take action against such behavior. They politely decline as they’re responsible for giving a degree/issuing a licence and not for the monitoring or character of an individual. (Response of local & international organizations is alike).
The parents then contact the law enforcing agency. “Do you have evidence?”, “..any witnesses?”, “do you even know the legal process….the court hearings…the case inquiry…the questioning…the public humiliation…are you sure?”
The family and friends tell them to live with it. It’s a taboo. Talking about it will only bring bad to the family, the parents and the victim.
Where do we draw the line?
What about the ‘moral’ responsibility of organizations, professionals and society?
Pakistan Medical & Dental Council, Pakistan Nursing Council, Pakistan Psychological Society and all other professional organizations must reinforce their ethical standards and behaviors. Strong actions against unprofessional and unethical behaviors must be taken.
The professionals and society must stand up for what is the ‘right thing to do’. We are all in this together and must act together to improve the quality of care and respect of each person.
For my friends fighting this unprofessionalism and injustice….stay put!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”