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Letter to the Editor

IMJ. 2017; 9(1): 48-49


The Plight of the Wounded Healers

Anis Akbar, Mudassar Pervez, Maryam Khan.

Abstract
The authors believe in eradicating the sufferings daily endured by the common citizens of Pakistan. As consciously aware individuals, our motive should be to contribute to the society by lime-lighting its unethical norms that it has got comfortable with. Performance of random acts of kindness would bring a greater good to the society.
The society should learn to admit its helplessness and miseries as the byproduct of its own slothfulness. We as the individuals of the society have to summon ourselves to justice. There can be no good until and unless we recognize that we are accountable for the situation we dwell in: bearing the intolerable pain that wretch the cores of our being. To revitalize we have to search and find for our lost selves so we may tread the path of the phoenix. We aim to serve and be the giant wave that sweeps over the shores of injustice, inequality and discord and replenish it with brotherhood, humanity and compassion.
As the consciously aware individuals, we must voice the voice of voiceless and should learn to object to the deprivation and despair, sorrow and melancholy, agony and pain of our own kind. The authors have decided to play their roles contrary being the spectators and hence bring a situation to your kind notice.
This letter intends to highlight the dilemma faced by the university graduates with their life prospects. It deals with the graduates of various disciplines in general and the health professionals in particular.
Unfortunately the health system of our country, both the private and public sectors, like any other sector is deteriorating with every passing minute. The morbidity and mortality rates are alarmingly high and are calling for an immediate salvage action1, 2. The silhouette of this situation is even more grave, darker and disheartening. It is the capitalists, the feudal lords and the corrupt leaders who are exploiting this situation by continuously popping up private health care systems for the sake of their monetary benefits.
The living conditions and standards of health care providers and patients are worsening due to the ongoing onslaught3. In private owned healthcare facilities the skilled labor including the general medical practitioners, paramedical staff and non-medical staff are no more than the caged golden goose who are abused for their skills on humiliatingly low wages. The patients are the scapegoats who have no alternative public facilities other than to select these back straining health care systems. This drains them of their already hard earned savings.The sudden over mushrooming of privately owned Medical and Para-medical universities have produced health care related skilled labor in proportion greater to the opportunities created by the public sector. Therefore negligence in respect of quality and quantity is immensely deteriorating the health care system of Pakistan4.
A general medical practitioner like any other skilled worker is available in the market as a byproduct of various privately owned universities. The regulatory bodies like Pakistan Medical and dental council (PM&DC) fails to ensure one of the reasons of its existence to ensure the quality of health care practices. All sorts of medical colleges are prospering far and wide with the private owners happily licensing the students to fondle the priceless lives while the enthusiast but blindfolded parents are bearing the unbearable expenses in return of regret, anguish and depression.
After graduation a bulk of Licensed Medical Practitioners like any other university students remain jobless 3-4. They are left with the only option of to be hired by the private owned institutions for their bread and butter on meager salaries to run their establishments.
The most disheartening specter to this predicament is that these graduates are unable to support their families with their paltry incomes let alone repay the expenses that their parents had invested in their education. Thus they are left with two

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