Technology is ‘dividing doctors and patients’

Durban – Major advancement in medical technology is one of the key reasons for the great divide between doctor and patient.

This divide was a contributing factor to why palliative care, where a “whole person” is treated rather than just the ailment, was not used in modern medicine – a divide doctors now hope to bridge.

Speaking on the sidelines of a lecture held at the UKZN Nelson Mandela School of Medicine yesterday, Dr MR Rajagopal, described as the “father of palliative care” in India, and said to be one of 2018’s Nobel Peace Prize nominees, said palliative care needed to be actively encouraged.
He was in Durban as the keynote speaker at the 3rd International Children’s Palliative Care Network conference.

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