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Medical consultants: a plea


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I AM writing to request all senior medical consultants (physicians and surgeons) to have some mercy on patients, particularly elderly, visiting them. I will not say anything regarding high fees they charge but what is disappointing is that the patients have to wait for a long time, in many cases extending up to three to four hours.

The patient pays the fees to consult a senior doctor whereas he is interviewed and examined by a junior trainee and the senior turns up just for a couple of minutes to listen to what the junior trainee is to report. The senior doctor does not even lay his hand on the patient to see for himself.

In follow up cases the senior consultant does not go through the file to see the progress of the patient and what medicines were earlier prescribed.

There are some doctors who are very particular about convenience of the patients and they have a system of appointment slot of 15 to 20 minutes for each. They do not allow their waiting area to be crowded to show their popularity.

I would appeal to the Pakistan Medical Association and the hospitals to ask the doctors, especially senior consultants, to have some sympathy for their patients. It is their moral duty to ensure that a patient already suffering is not put to more trouble.


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Aslam Khan Jul 07, 2012 11:00am
Very true. I have also personal experience and my family. They charge fees and never bother to see reports and just waits next patients. In Pakistan, our beloved country, doctors are printing currency. They have no mercy on patients.
Dr Javaid Khan Jul 09, 2012 05:05am
As a consultant physician I have full sympathy with the elderly patients for the delay when they come to clinic to see a doctor.There is so much patient's load on the famous names in the town that in spite of their best efforts they can not cope.None of the doctors are sitting in the clinic doing nothing or wasting their time e.g drinking tea.Patients often turn up with out appointment after traveling long distances.Its difficult for the doctors to say no to these ill patients.Those patients with appoinments suffer because consultant try to accomodate these un booked patients.
Muhammad Ashraf Jul 07, 2012 07:59am
I would like to share my experience with a Ortho. He prescribed two test for my wife. when I showed him reports, he did not even opened the envelope of a report, prescribed by himself. Total waste of our time and money.
zee Jul 07, 2012 09:51pm
true v true..