How do you handle DOCTOR SHAMING?Created by:
Social media had been a place for everything-- meeting new people, reconnecting with friends, a market place, and even a place for rants. I have seen a lot of doctor shaming posts in social media recently.
Just recently, an angry post about a doctor texting in front of a critically ill patient was posted in the social media. This post had gone viral and people who are siding with the relative's patient (the original poster) had a lot to say about the doctor's alleged behavior. Another recent viral post was about a doctor sleeping on duty, at the patient's bedside. Just as well as the previous, there were people who really believed that the doctor was slacking off.
Luckily, all of these doctor shaming posts had been defended and justified by colleagues and fellow healthcare practitioners. But for the laypeople who does not have any idea what goes around in a hospital duty, the involved doctors were victim of the public's ignorance, where in fact, they were just doing their job. The worst part is that they post photos of these doctors without consent from the person himself.
I have asked colleagues about this and most of them are scared that someone may just take their photo unknowingly, even if they were just doing their job, following the hospital's system or catering to their humanly needs. The "social media thinking" of documenting almost just everything is starting to get out of hand, in this case and it does not only harm their names but the institution that they are affiliated with.
For me, I think it is unfair that nurses, doctors and every hospital staff are working hard and fair with these patients, yet the public still expects more than that. Have you ever encountered doctor shaming? What are your thoughts?