In the current scenario, the medical profession has it's like being suffocated.
Even in the late 1970s and early 1980s, medicine was a noble profession wherein what the doctor said was gospel truth and it was in most cases.Even though, Indian health care system was not very advanced ( when compared to now), most of the work was by medical college hospitals, big government hospitals, and few 'cottage nursing homes/hospitals'. In this time, doctors had respect, patients had trust and care was affordable to an extent. Violence against doctors was a rare occurrence and doctors had some social and family life.
Then came a series of blows for which, I think the medical profession will take a long time to recover or regain its old glory. The blows were, the emergence of corporate hospitals, a sudden influx of technology and medical colleges, the growing commercialization and financial profitability of healthcare, doctors bending the rules and patient families bending or breaking doctors arms/legs, the widespread use of 'google doctor' by patients and families.
Today, everything and anything that a doctor does evokes a suspicion in the minds of people. We want the best care but are not prepared to pay the price (that we normally pay for anything else). We want every other industry sector to be profitable, yet frown when hospitals go beyond profits. We never question the margin of profit on a Starbucks coffee or a branded Lewis Jeans but question the margins in healthcare.
Just because doctors deal with human lives and is very emotional, we are still unable to see them as human beings too, who can make mistakes, who can have the desire or at times greed to earn and like a mathematical formula, we want doctors to treat and give results always. All this has led to a tremendous amount of strain and stress among doctors, the families especially the newer generations who are under intense scrutiny, risk verbal and physical abuse.
So, many liked minded parents and doctors do not want their children to become doctors in India. Hopefully in a few years time, when we have a shortage of good specialists, things would change and the medical profession will see sunny days and doctors will have a life too,