Thursday, 19 July 2012

Unholy nexus

I was at the doctor's clinic yesterday evening with a confrere waiting for our turn to meet him.  Along came a Medical Representative, all neatly tucked and with a tie and all that.  He had a 'short' entry into the doctor's office, a shortcut gladly facilitated by the receptionist.  Perhaps the only good thing about this interpolation was the duration in which the medical rep finished his interaction with the doctor... he was out in less than 2 minutes.

However, as I sat there I could not but think of the unholy nexus between the facilitators and the middlemen.  It is the receptionists who decide who should meet the person in authority and when ... and of course, at what price!  The one inside - the real boss - may quite well know all this threshold politics yet will not interfere, perhaps because it does make his work easier.  At the end of the day, the receptionist is happy, the doctor is happy, so is the medical rep... the only one sulking is the one who is following the queue system!

What level are we religious working at?  The receptionist who takes a bribe and pushes up the list a new entrant or one who would be just to all those aspiring to meet the doctor or use his/her discretion to 'screen' the entries as per the urgency or... 

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