Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Attacks on Doctors and Nurses

Not long ago there was another article in the Jordan Times about an attack on a doctor and a nurse at Al Bashir Hospital. Understandably emotions run high for people who have brought a family member to an emergency room. Watching helplessly while someone you care about is suffering is terrible; however, it is no excuse to become abusive, physically or verbally, toward a health worker. People actually attacked these two health workers because ------ ? Did they think that the care the patient received was too slow or negligent? Whatever their reason, physically attacking the doctor will not improve the situation for the patient, and any reasonable person must know that. What I found even stranger in the report was that the health worker would be arrested if the attacker raised a counter complaint. I have always understood that self defense is a universally accepted concept. In order to prevent the threat of our hospitals and clinics disintegrating into chaos, maybe more security personnel should visible.



Blogger Nas said...

while violence is not (always) the answer...anyone who has ever ventured into Basheer hospital for about 15 minutes will understand perfectly well why doctors are attacked there.

imagine the greatest frustration you could ever feel at a government ministry or what have you. then multiply that by 100. then add to that a medical staff that is notoriously known for its abusive and heartless ways (probably because they've been at the hospital for quite some time) and then add to that the element of having a loved on suffer.

its a conducive environment to violence.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

I've never been to the Bashir Hospital, so I am obliged to take your word for the situation. How very tragic. What do you think is the answer - more doctors, better pay? I am constantly amazed at how seemingly patient the average Jordanian is when he is treated without much respect. Thanks for your comment.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007  
Blogger Khaled Al-Sharif said...

Bashir hospital? Where is that?

Friday, August 31, 2007  
Blogger Nas said...

ASH: they need to fuel a whole lot of money into improving that place. its truly a hell hole

Saturday, September 01, 2007  

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