The inherent trust that is an essential element in the relationship between doctors and their patients has been threatened by recent controversies , notably the revelation that Irish hospitals were harvesting the organs of dead children without the consent off their parents and that many people acquired Hepatitis C or HIV from contaminated blood.
In Doctors Orders?, John Scally takes a critical look at the medical profession and concludes that the time has come for a radical cultural change in the practice of medicine in Ireland. In our era of transparency he calls for a more accountable profession where doctors face up to their responsibilities to society. He also outlines the need for greater equity in the allocation of resources in healthcare. Doctors Orders? Is packed with the accounts of people who have suffered at the hands of the medical profession in Ireland. Anyone who reads their harrowing testimonies will be convinced of the need for radical surgery in the medical profession and not just a band-aid solution.
John Scally is a teacher and lecturer and works as a freelance radio producer for RTE. He has written eight successful sports books and three books on ethical issues for Veritas.