A blog post by an Indian anaesthiologist who is so fed up with the medical profession in his country that he would rather his child become a pole dancer than a doctor has gone viral.
After a lengthy critique of the challenges faced by medical professionals in India, Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan concludes in his most recent post: “I will let you have every choice in life and I will be there to support you and guide you along the way. You can be a wildlife photographer trekking through the Amazons or dance the poles at Las Vegas. But I will never allow you to become a doctor in India.”
Headline-grabbing conclusions aside, Dr Radhakrishanan’s lengthy post, entitled ‘Why I will never allow my child to become a doctor in India’, addresses some of the very real problems within the medical profession in India.
The award-winning blogger, who has been posting to ‘God years’ since 2005, writes: “With 0.7 doctors per 1000 Indians, the doctor:patient ratio is far below that of other comparable countries like China (1.9), United Kingdom (2.8) and United States (2.5). Spain’s 4.9 seems like an absolute luxury in comparison.”
He goes on to say that, after years of studies. it is not uncommon for doctors in India to work more than 100 hours per week, which “is advocated and in fact encouraged by most hospitals”.
Despite all of this, he says a young surgeon working in Mumbai can expect to earn 50,000 rupees (US$786) per month, while many experienced doctors are struggling to support their families.
One of Radhakrishnan’s chief concerns is the rising trend of violence against medical staff in India. He cited recent confirmation by the Indian Medical Association that more than 75 percent of doctors in India have suffered some form of violence at the hands of their patients, with some even being killed while carrying out their duties.
In a footnote he says he has spoken to many Indian doctors recently, with many telling him: “I will never allow my children to join this field.”
We recommend that you read Dr Radhakrishan’s post in full on his blog.