Patients’ rights, what are they exactly ?
This communication is with regard to patients’ rights. Patients’ rights, what are they exactly ? Empty promises ? We all want to have our rights upheld. Clear simple equitable rights such as the right to be listened to, and not ignored by ‘the authorities’. You may well say that you have a right to complain to your DHB or the HDC, but do you have the right to that complaint being investigated ? No, beleive it or not, you don't.
I have yet to be treated with honesty, clarity, truth or with any form of justice. Justice requires that there are consequences. That is exactly what justice is. It is a question of consequences. If there are no consequences then there is no justice.
Give the power to the patient. Take the power from the medical institutions and professionals who have made uncountable mistakes (and are still making mistakes) and give the power to the patient as promised in the various codes of patients’ rights. Patients’ rights (to anything) are pumped out by the people we elect into high office, who are in positions of authority, and who can do something to change the balance of power just seem to do nothing.
You write to your MP, do you get any help ? You write to any number of ‘authorities’ and what do you get ? Aside from a direction to complain to someone else you get a load of old flannel, not my problem try so and so at such and such. It’s called passing the buck !
There are not enough people out there who have the power, the authority or the metaphoric ‘balls’ to make the necessary changes that will really and truly give the patient, or consumer, as so many authorities are calling patients these days, the rights they have been promised. We are told we have the right to this, to do that and to do the other. If we are consumers then why do we not have consumers rights in these cases ? But do we really have any rights ? In a word no. We most certainly do not.
The rights we are told we already have (we are assured, constantly) are (in reality) just empty promises, totally impotent and not worth the paper they were written on. Almost every website we look at tells us we have rights as patients or consumers. Just what are these so called rights ? Where is the substance to these promises ? What is the purpose of all the legislation when none of the power rests with the patient or consumer ?
I have sited the patients’ (and carers) rights information to government departments but all they do is pass the buck. If there is such a thing as justice then why has there been no movement on this issue ? Why is there no justice for the person who has been to drastically affected by the medical institutions and medical professionals who have caused this whole debacle to go without facing some kind of justice ?
Links to various patient rights websites:
Just behaviour or treatment.
"a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people"
fairness, justness, fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, equitableness, even-handedness, egalitarianism, impartiality, impartialness, lack of bias, objectivity, neutrality, disinterestedness, lack of prejudice, open-mindedness, non-partisanship; honour, uprightness, decency, integrity, probity, honesty, righteousness, ethics, morals, morality, virtue, principle, right-mindedness, propriety, scrupulousness, trustworthiness, incorruptibility "ideas of social justice"
Definitions of Justice, picture Lady Justice with her sword and scales:
- Justice is a concept on ethics and law that means that people behave in a way that is fair, equal and balanced for everyone.
- Social Justice is important because it promotes and works towards a society that celebrates diversity and equality. Having more diversity and equality in a society is good for society because it promotes opportunity, growth and well-being.
- Social Justice is defined as justice in terms of the distribution of wealth opportunities and privileges within a society. Often this is achieved through institutions or services that work to make sure that people can equally access the benefits of social cooperation and guard against socio economic inequality.
So, ask yourself, do we live in a just and democratic society or not ?