A recent feature in the Medical Defence Union Journal offers insight into the doctor-patient relationship from a doctor-patient.
‘The overwhelming realisation was that despite being highly qualified, intelligent and driven professionals, we often forget the simple things. The fact that I am here and able to write this is testament to the good care that I received. However, the truth is that it’s the difficult, painful moments and words that are the ones that I and, I suspect, other patients remember forever, and which have a lasting effect on us’ writes Dr Nia Wyn Davies… ‘Patients respect honesty from their doctors. Where there is no hope we owe it to them to tell them so, tactfully and gently. But whilst there is light, however dim, at the end of the tunnel, we must reassure our patients and their relatives of this and allow them to hope, whilst we manage the reality.’
Since she is a doctor, it is doubly shocking that her concerns were dismissed. The need for compassion in healthcare is just one of the lessons highlighted by this article.
N W Davies. The receiving end – a doctor’s insight. Medical Defence Union Journal.