Hazledine idea has huge impact
Doctors and people around the world are set to benefit from what one Queenstown doctor identified as being a major flaw in the profession – the doctors’ health.
Although not officially signed off, Dr Sam Hazledine, 37, has successfully lobbied the World Medical Association to change its Declaration of Geneva to reflect, not just patient well-being, but the doctors’ too.
‘‘If a patient truly comes first, then you have to look after yourself,’’ Hazledine said. ‘‘I was speaking on doctor well-being and that’s when it occurred to me. We can’t just put on this professional facade that we’re doing OK.’’
The declaration is pledged by doctors upon joining the profession and it presently states: ‘‘The health of my patient will be my first consideration.’’ It neglects to say that doctors should look after themselves.
There was unanimous agreement and support from an Association working group and its ethics committee and it would be put forward to the full general assembly for ratification next October.
‘‘No-one would know we’re struggling,’’ Hazledine said.
He started MedWorld in 2015 to support doctors’ well-being.