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Many doctors have colleagues they wouldn't want to treat their own family | Ranjana Srivastava

‘Some medical students simply lack the professionalism and human skills to become a sound doctor,’ writes Ranjana Srivastava. Photograph: Liudmila Dutko/Alamy Stock Photo

“It’s been difficult,” a colleague grimaced while handing over the reins of attending physician and shortly I saw why.

Halfway through the ward round, I realised that the intern didn’t know the patients but worse, didn’t seem to care. The intern rebuffed patients, was disdainful towards the nurses and rude to other doctors. Requested to assess a fallen patient, they outright fabricated an account to say he was fine. In fact, as we discovered later on the round, the man had suffered a stroke and the nurse said the intern had never come,

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