Via the Saudi Gazette, three letters to the editor: Doctors who resign because of MERS scare are unethical.
I. With regard to the article “Doctors resign over coronavirus scare” (Apr. 16), I am surprised to learn that doctors who are very well paid by the government and respected by the public can leave their patients and fail to discharge their duty. This unethical attitude is alarming. We know that there have been other deadly outbreaks of disease in the world and we have seen the commitment of doctors to their patients in those countries. World Health Organization officials in the Kingdom should work closely with doctors and the government to contain the MERS outbreak.
Dr. Badaruddin Abbasi, Online response
II. The article points the finger at doctors, who are, unfortunately, themselves victims of the system. The Ministry of Health has failed to provide proper quarantine and health care guidelines to many of its staff (including doctors, nurses and paramedics). Many doctors have raised issues with their management regarding the necessary steps required to control this outbreak, and as there has been no action, some of them have decided to resign. The article fails to show the other side of the coin.
Barbar M., Online response
III. I think that it should be up to individuals to decide if they want to face the danger of contracting this deadly disease. There is a fine line between being courageous and being completely stupid. Sometimes surrendering makes more sense than any other option. It is not that I applaud their decision, but neither do I criticize it.
RKS, Online response