Unfortunate developments in the medical profession
Medical doctors are, by tradition, expected to be incorruptible. I found it incredible, therefore, to learn of recent reports that suggest an inclination to ignore patients’ needs, in favour of kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies. It appears that some doctors are inclined to prescribe medications without regard to their benefit. Frankly, this is outrageous and utterly incompatible with professional ethics.
I am just one of many people outside the medical profession who find such transgressions quite incomprehensible. Those individuals who are found guilty of unprofessional conduct most certainly incur the wrath of their patients, who react with incredulity to behaviour that is so outrageously incongruous with the standards expected of medical practitioners. Frankly, many patients are quite upset when they find progessional ethics to be inclined on a downward slope and their trusted doctors incriminated in conduct that in many cases no longer seems to be inclusive of ethics.
A aleading social commertator recently asked the following incisive question, “is this kind of behaviour a sign of an incipient general malaise in modern society?” he came to thie conclusion:” whatever the answer to that question may be, it is inconceivable that this widespred incongruity should be ignored, it will be necessary not only to incorporate stricter penal provisions in the medical practitioners code of conduct, but to incise the cancerous growth on the body of the profession.”
The responses from many of those concered have, to a large extent, been incoherent, and some of the evidence is still inconclusive.