How Doctors Become Demons


How Doctors Become Demons

Illustration: Namaah/ Arré

eing an orthopaedic surgeon involves a lot more paperwork than I had bargained for.

Imagine a harassed, underpaid, overworked, sleep-deprived person given responsibility of a life-and-death situation, and you get what most sign up for. But bury them under an avalanche of bureaucracy and you get a clearer picture of the healthcare practice in India.

A typical day begins at 7 am with a quick circuit of the wards to check whether patients have survived the night (always a pleasant surprise). Then, on to the outpatient department.