THE High Court rule issued on the relevant authorities in connection with some Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) interns' refusal to treat an ailing photojournalist has come as a piece of welcome news. It is also heartening to note that the HC has taken suo moto cognizance of a report in The Daily Star on the issue.
What those interns of RMCH did amounts to punishing a journalist, simply because, previously, there was a face-off between RMCH interns and some journalists who were discharging their professional duties. This is unethical, unprofessional and being insensitive to the right of journalists to perform their duty on one level.
The RMCH doctors by their uncalled-for behaviour towards a treatment-seeking journalist have failed to live up to their professional responsibility. It may be recalled that recently, the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) remained closed for hours as a sequel to a clash between some of its interns and the DU students. It seems holding patients hostage to their impulsive reactions has become a pattern. Due to the follies of some impetuous interns, the image of the entire medical profession is tainted, which is very unfortunate
So, it is in the greater interest of preventing medical colleges from becoming enclaves of clannish interests and restoring sanctity in the medical profession that repetition of such incidents has to be stopped.
Hopefully, the process set in motion by the HC would yield positive results in terms of preventing any disservice to public interest. Patients should be treated on a priority basis regardless of their social or professional identity.