Unacceptable, unsatisfactory and very offensive!
We all heard of our friend WhoSane's tragedy and the ordeal that his father has recently passed through. And is still passing through.
Couple of days ago, I decided to go visit Whosane's father at the hospital. And to my surprise two Doctors representing the Ministry of health internal auditing were there trying to take a statement from Whosane's father. They brought with them a print out of Whosane's post on the matter and started digging holes in the story. I was really outraged. Since these are the people who are responsible to find the facts, not be biased and pass judgment.
Here are my impressions on what was going on
Don't' get me wrong, I think it's a fantastic thing that an inquiry is underway regarding the matter. I applaud the efforts being spent in getting the facts and coming up with recommendations regarding the whole issue. That part, I admire, but I am concerned regarding the approach. Is this meant to find the facts? Or bury them? Who's going to make sure everyone is going to remain honest on this whole matter?
Who's going to make sure that lessons are learnt and assure the public that things like that will never happen again
So here are my impressions...
The reverse psychology part:
"We were harmed by what you wrote"
This is really a very sad statement to hear from officials representing the Ministry of health. If anything that post has exposed barely the surface of the incompetency and outrageous health violations that Prince Hamza hospital is currently suffering from.
"Your post is written in a Literature format, and not an official statement/Report"
What do you expect? An official chronological statement, written by a lawyer to make sure that everything is up to your standards!? Of course it's what Whosane felt and what the family felt. Creating a case out of it is probably the last thing on his mind
"People commenting were cursing us and praying to god to: Paralyze us, Break our arms ...etc"
Sorry, but you can't blame people for sympathizing with someone. This is how people felt. This is how they reacted. This is how people see the hospital from the outside. I think many people have lost their faith in the system of that hospital. Enough to warrant a decent investigation
"The post is biased towards the patient"
Excuse me, but who would his son who witnessed his father almost die before his very eyes be biased towards? Who's account is he reporting? Who's pain is he suffering? I am sure the answer to all of the above is not the hospital.
"Enemies of the Nation, are taking this against us, you are harming the whole country with what you have done"
I'm sorry but this is pure nonsense! The whole post is not intended to defame the amazing strides that the Jordanian medical industry has done over the years. It's there to keep people honest and make sure that the Jordanian medical practice remains that great. By following up on the issues and making sure that the wrong doesn't happen again
We need to be self critical, committed and have enough integrity to make sure that we reward the right, good and reform the wrong and the bad.
Then the intimidation techniques.
All the top leadership is reading this...
Everyone is keeping an eye on this
All of this prompted the poor old man, to try and defend his son by saying, "These are young men, and they got carried away"
Which "Mr Inspector/Auditor" responded to by saying:"That's wisdom. See, it wasn't the right thing to do"
And I thought to my self, You are here because this story made it to the news. Because this story had the eyes and ears of their majesty the King and the Queen. This whole story would have fallen on deaf ear had people responsible suffering from it had no means to get the message across
Which brings me to the title of this article. The attitude was unsatisfactory, and unacceptable. Blaming the victim or even insinuating it doesn't serve justice in any way. In fact it's the complete opposite of it. And that's why I find it offensive an inappropriate.
We need to keep bringing these matters to every one's attention. The only way to progress is achieved through transparency. No one is doing this with malicious intentions against the country or the government, but with good intentions to make sure that our institutions are second to none. Without exposing the mistakes, there can be no rewards. There can be no progress and there will never be any achievement.
- [Link from:http://kinziblogs.wordpress.com/2007/09/08/adding-insult-to-injury-who-sanes-next-chapter/]
- [Link from:http://www.jordanwatch.net/archive/2007/9/316227.html]
- [Link from:http://al-arabiat.blogspot.com/2007/09/whats-more-dangerous.html]
- [Link from:http://american-in-jordan.blogspot.com/2007/09/spin-doctors.html]
- [Link from:http://www.who-sane.com/2007/09/02/9-miserable-days/]