A doctor has been accused of murder because his patient's family refused to bribe him.
Dr Miroslaw G – we have to use this silly name as he is under criminal investigation, but everyone knows who he is – a respected heart surgeon here, has been accused of taking bribes for preferential treatment on the national health service. No surprise there. It’s been going on since the old communist days.
But what Dr G has also been accused of is turning off the life support system of a post-op heart transplant patient, after the patients family refused to pay the good doctor a bribe. The patient died, as a result.
The doctor has also been charged with numerous other offences.
Bribing doctors used to be common in Poland. But attitudes to this sort of practice are changing, and not before time.
Less doctors these days are excepting, for instance, 1,000 dollars for jumping an operation waiting queue. But some will continue doing this until people stop offering them bribes in the first place.
But what kind of person would offer doctors a bribe, and so deprive more honest or poorer patients their place in the queue?
Well, there is a guy at work who regularly does this. In fact, he tries to maintain that it is ‘the only way’ to get decent treatment. Once, he was actually lecturing a fellow worker that it was almost his ‘moral duty’ to do so.
What sort of freak thinks like that?
The guy in question truly is a Polish 1980s dinosaur, who wreaks corruption from every pore in his body. But thankfully, he is widely reviled at work for this. Virtually everyone - apart from one elderly worker, now retired, who never knew any different from the commie days, when bribing really was the only way to get things done here – thinks the guy is a complete shit.
So Poles are becoming disgusted by those who give and receive bribes in hospitals and doctors surgeries. Hooray!
The guy at work, all the other bribers, and those who take them, have a hand in the culture that led to the death at the (alleged) hands of the doctor, Miroslaw G. There is blood on all their hands.
I hope they all get very sick, very soon.
Sex required in trade for operation at Polish hospital, Polish Outlook