Doctors in Pakistan are courageous and they always sympathise with the patient and don’t let the patient loose hope. That’s what I have heard from two British-Pakistani people.
My aunt, Aliya, is living in the UK. She has a 9-month-old son, Faizan. The boy became impaired in many ways. He was alone in his bedroom and somehow got choked by a pillow. The supply of oxygen to his brain remained suspended for 40 minutes, which cause a severe damage to his brain. The details about this unfortunate incident are here.
My aunt is really depressed these days. Whenever she goes to the hospital for her son’s regular checkup, she returns depressed and disappointed. Doctors always tell her that her son is very critical and there are no chances of survival. My aunt wants to come to Pakistan.
A lawyer friend of mine is 40 years old. He is suffering from type A diabetes. The type A diabetes catches its victims at a very young age. The type A diabetes has affected my friend’s left eye and now he sees through his right eye. He went to the UK for medical checkup. Doctors refused to treat him and scared him, saying that there are no chances of his recovery. He returned to Pakistan and is now consulting a doctor in Rawalpindi.
The reason behind British doctors ‘cold’ attitude toward patient is the legal culture in the UK. Everyday a doctor is sued in the UK for negligence, misconduct or wrong advice. Patients, who have a slight hint that their doctor spared an effort while treating them, sue the doctor. This trend has forced doctors in the UK to be extra careful while briefing patients or their attendants and not to predict anything about patient’s health. No doctor wants to get his licence cancelled or pay thousands of pounds in damages to a patient to whom he had given an assurance that he or she will recover but the assurance didn’t realise.
In Pakistan, there is Allah ki merzi to save the doctor from litigation. Allah ki merzi (God's will) makes doctors here bold and as a result they give a lot of hope to their patients and do a lot of experiments on them as well.