VISAKHAPATNAM: “There is a growing chasm between doctors and patients which is due to deficiency of trust, which shouldn’t happen. Doctors should take care of the patients in a proper way,” opined LV Subrahmanyam, special chief secretary of Health, Medical and Family Welfare. He received the P Brahmayya Sastry Memorial Oration Medal, jointly instituted by NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, and P Brahmayya Sastry Memorial Oration Committee, here Sunday.
Delivering the oration on ‘Medical Ethics’, Subrahmanyam compared the values and ethics in society of the past with the present. It is the responsibility of teachers to inculcate traditional values and basic ethics among students. They are not only teachers but ‘acharyas’, whose duty is to teach ethics, he said.
Subrahmanyam said that the relationship between doctors and patients has grown tenuous. Legislation has entered the medical field.
“The invention of some of the equipment in the medical field to test and know baby’s health and growth is being misused to find the sex of the baby. When I asked some officials how the pregnant got the info, I was told that it could be known easily in India,” he said, adding, “We need a strong ethical foundation.”
Sridhar S Chilimuri, physician-in-chief and chairman of the dept of Medicine, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Centre, New York, received the D Govinda Reddy Memorial Oration Medal. Speaking on ‘High Reliability Health Care’, he stressed the need of care and preventing errors in the medical field. There were a lot many errors committed in the US which were revealed through a survey, Sridhar said and listed some common clinical errors in the US.