… ‘Hippocratic Oath’ versus ‘Hypocritical Oath’?… a few thoughts…

…those of yeez Lads and Lassies who follow this Blog will know that I normally eschew political, overtly argumentative, or outright ‘soap-boxing’… however, as is my wont,  a wee body swerve on that is in order today… a few thoughts on watching the absurd human anguish caused of late by the case of a five-year-old cancer victim boy in the South of England, whose parents took him from a hospital against doctors’ advice, in the good faith intent to carry him abroad in search of what they believed would be treatment to alleviate his suffering… it is not my place to comment on the rights or wrongs, errors, misjudgements or actions taken by the various constituent players in that stressful drama, including the parents… what attracts my thought process more is that as a byproduct of the publicity generated by the story, many kind-hearted people have donated funds toward the possible treatment for the boy in a clinic in Prague… my question is plain and simple… down to the varnish here… why does it have to take private individuals’ money to get the best treatment that this child may need?… extending that line of thinking, it begs the question as to why medical treatment is not universally free globally?… daft idea?… well, cast back to the origins of medicinal ethics, and the Hippocratic Oath

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…in it original form, the classic Oath embraced many aspects of doctors’ behaviours and attitudes toward the caring for emb’dy who comes to them in need of care… modern versions of the Oath have also been redrafted in recent times… the core of it all in my mind, is that money, or any pecuniary consideration should never be on the table… like many of yeez, I have a relative who has been afflicted with a life-threatening illness… in her case, lung cancer… and I recall with anger the hurdles and barriers which were constantly presented to her in seeking the desperately urgent treatment she needed… thankfully, eventually the operation was done, and successfully so,  but the stress of waiting and fighting for it certainly didn’t help her state of mind at the time… I could go on at great length, and bore yeez all even further, but one of my pet peeves is wond’rin’ why Mankind can spend billions of dollars in sending a machine the size of a small railway carriage all the way to Mars to find enuff water to serve a small latrine versus that same money being invested in the well-being of these millions on this planet who are screaming out for medicines and medical treatment…

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…’Hippocratic Oath’ versus ‘Hypocritical Oath’?…. rant over… move along folks … NUTHIN to see here… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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19 responses to “… ‘Hippocratic Oath’ versus ‘Hypocritical Oath’?… a few thoughts…

  1. Hear Hear Seumas. It shouldn’t be up to an Insurance company to decide how much treatment you should get.Surely if the U.S collected what the citizens pay Insurance Companies they could provide free health care for all. If it was better managed surely the UK shouldn’t be looking at selling off our best loved institution to Private Enterprise? Every Country should be able to do it and maybe I’d have been able to go to the U.S and get my wife on one of their pancreatic cancer drug trials before she died.
    I’ve no compliant about her treatment in the UK but we weren’t running the trials other places were so she lost out..
    Keep well.

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    • …I know my post seems very simplistic, but IF by some bluudy miracle , Mankind as an entire group started to get its priorities right, we would be looking after the human family as a whole, instead of buggering off on Star Trek rubbish and trillions on ‘Best Bombs At Show’ stuff…..

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    • David, my mother died of pancreatic cancer when she was 69, three weeks after finally being diagnosed and without even making it to her appointment for a biopsy. For months she’d been fobbed off with ‘it’s nothing, just a little gastric problem. Drink this fizzy stuff every monring and don’t keep pestering’. It was my sister barging into the hospital and going ballistic that got her the appointment for a biopsy at all. I know we are expected to love doctors and believe they are some kind of latter day saints, and there are some who are genuinely motivated to ‘do good’, but too many of them are motivated by the nice fat salaries they earn. As soon as you put money and prestige into the equation (same goes for politics) you open the door to grasping, self-serving, and cynical individuals.

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      • …quite apart from the individuals looking for payment etc, it;s the whole institutionalised/government demands for payments also… surely health is the most basic element of caring for a Nation’s people, it should not have to depend on how much money a person has…

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      • That was the original idea behind the National Health Service. But you have the miserable sods who object to paying for the unhealthy poor and the opt out clauses start to appear granted by successive governments to appease the hard-pressed rich. It seems only right to me too, that everyone should be cared for, cured, treated in the same way however little they earn. But then I’m a raving Bolshie.

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  2. Unfortunately Health care has developed from, ‘pay me what you can afford’ to ‘give me an arm and a leg, all your blood and by the way, your soul is mine too’ Seumas – the village healer is now managed and controlled by Accountants and Corporate Big Businesses whose motto is ‘Recoup my expenditure and give me maximum profits’

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  3. Great post, and not at all simplistic, Seumas. I had often been a dissatisfied health care customer, by the time I decided to become a Registered Nurse, to try to figure out what Those People were thinking, and to see what I could do about it. Having now retired after more than 20 years in The Business, I can only say that the view on the other side of the bed rails isn’t any prettier. The “helping professions” are no place for people who want to help other people. It’s going to take a major revolution in human thinking, before the world stops wasting human capital by its willingness to bin perfectly good brains that just happen to be housed in unhealthy bodies….

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  4. Very true. There are some wonderful front line doctors and nurses who I have enormous respect for. There are others however who are clearly not in it as a vocation. The job is not easy but they are not always right and many bank on the patients complying and accepting their word as gospel. I have had to negotiate a number of compromises during the final years of my mother’s life and I dread the day when I am 95 and do not have someone at my side to speak for me. The very young and very old need their parents and family to speak and act for them if justified.

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  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    For anyone with life threatening or long term illness, trust in the medical profession is essential, but for many doubt is setting.

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  6. It comes down to what I’ve thought for a long time Seumas, we are seen as nothing more than consumers. If we have no value to the system, if we are broken and old then we are in the end, disposable. Of course there is a thin veneer of care over the whole thing, they don’t want to scare the new generation of wage slaves and consumers.

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  7. As a doctor who’s left the NHS after getting more and more fed up of the amount of bureaucracy and paperwork, and the power exerted by people who know nothing about care or priorities, yes, there is a problem. I don’t deny some doctors like money more than it’s good but they are not in charge of the system. Medicine has changed a lot and all the technical improvements cost money than cannot be subsidised simply by the individual doctors (who are not in charge of the treatment, or the investigations, etc). Of course also a lot of the cost of care is social care. I’ve always thought that health and education should be the priorities for any government and sorting that out should be beyond any party lines. But every government feels they have to change something and things like this take long-term planning (can’t change every five minutes). Scientific discoveries should be shared between all countries and money should not come into it… Oh well…

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