In the same day when the verdict for malpractice was brought, two doctors were brutally attacked at their workplace, because they refused to extend the sick leave to the person who was not entitled to the same. Guided by the high standards of the profession, medical science and doctor’s ethics, acting pursuant to the law of the Republic of Serbia and protecting money of all citizens of Serbia, our colleagues brought the right decision because of which they were beaten and maltreated.
Serbian Medical Chamber warned the public of Serbia that this is also one the many cases of violence towards doctors which perform their work responsibly, professionally and ethically. Such cases are more often then they are usually mentioned in the media and really are too much. Unfortunately, these incidents are treated as fights in the restaurants and their initiates are indicted only for legal offence.
Serbian Medical Chamber respects the civilization heritage of the patient’s rights in Serbia but warns the public and media in Serbia that except rights, one part of this heritage are obligations of the patients.
Demonization of the doctor’s profession has been very present for the previous years in public and media in Serbia.
Thus the Serbian Medical Chamber believes it is the high time for doctors to get the status of professional persons with all obligations and rights which it includes. It is necessary to bring the Law on Health Care where all will be clearly stated.
Serbian Medical Chamber will continue to insist on such law, with all democratic means.
Violence towards doctors represents the defeat of civilization, which the Serbian Medical Chamber does not tolerate and it will not in the future.
Prim dr Tatjana Radosavljević
Manager of the Serbian Medical Chamber.