Doctors employed by the Lagos State Government have been on strike. Subsequently 788 of them were sacked by the Lagos State Government, then recalled, now they have refused to go back to work until the recall is put in writing. In all the articles written about the strike, sack, recall one thing has been extremely disturbing. The almost complete lack of empathy about the fate of the patients. This refers to those in support of the doctors, and those in support of the government - there appears to be a cold bloodied disregard for the fate of the hopeless poor that have no other place to go to than public sector hospitals in Lagos State. The fate of the patients has hardly come up in all the discussions...how could it have come to this?
Why have we hardened our hearts so? Is it because we ... [view whole blog post ]