Dearest Loyal Reader,
If you follow me on Twitter or have met me in the past week, you have probably had enough of my rambling about the horrible doctor encounters I have had recently.
Not that any decision maker or doctor is reading this, but just to get things off my chest (and because all the bolabolling I am doing hasn’t helped to release the frustration) here are 10 laws* for every doctor to implement in their private clinics. They are so simple that it is actually embarrassing to even make them laws, but what can I say, sometimes common sense fails to function.
- Own a filing cabinet, with records for each patient (I will be asking for far too much if I said have a computerized system in place)
- Ask patients questions, lots of questions, perhaps about their symptoms or medical history? Yeah, that would be a good idea. Don’t you think so?
- Your clinic must be spotless clean, this means no broken vacuum cleaner thrown in the corner and definitely no dusty 1940’s smashed lamp on top of a doorless fridge. Please wash your hands before examining each patient (and use paper towel on your examination bed), and disposable gloves are always a good idea.
Switch offSilent your phone while seeing patients
- Only one patient in your room at any one time. Because there is something called…. patient privacy?!! On that note please Google Medical Ethics (I am so sorry you didn’t study that at school, but for your kind information: Sometimes people don’t like speaking to you while four others are listening–and watching– especially if you are a gynecologist)
- Appointments to be given with exact time. For example, your secretary cannot tell all the 50 patients visiting your practice on Wednesday to be there at 4 pm.
- You are to give the right diagnosis and prescription. If you don’t then be prepared for your doctors permit to be confiscated…. forever!!!
- Your waiting room must be well equipped with heating and cooling systems, comfortable seating, and a play area for children (remove your 1800s sofa ripped in all its edges and we, the people, believe you can afford to change your stained, broken blinds). On that note, your clinic must be patient friendly– this means no child’s head to be placed on a book while you do the checkup.
- It is not allowed for you to own or have shares of a pharmacy or any pharmaceutical company.
- thou shalt not prescribe 1 kg bag of medication
*If any of these laws are not followed there will be immediate punishments.