The Duties of a Registered Doctor

A doctor must be able to obtain trust of a patient on his/her life and health. To justify trust, registered doctors must show respect for human life in the following ways :

  • Make patient care your first concern
  • Protect and promote the health of patients and the public
  • Keep professional knowledge and skills up to date
    • Recognize and work within the limit of their competence
    • Work with colleagues in the ways that best serve patients’ interests
    • Provide a good standard of practice and care.
  • Treat patients as individuals and respect their dignity.
    • Treat patients politely and considerately
    • Respect patients’ right to confidentiality
  • Work in partnership with patients.
    • Listen to patients and respond to their concerns and preferences
    • Give patients information they want or need in a way they can understand
    • Respect patients’ right to reach decisions about their treatment and care
    • Support patients in caring for themselves to improve and maintain their health
  • Be honest and open and act with integrity.
    • Act without delay if doctors have good reason to believe that they or a colleague may be putting patients at risk
    • Never discriminate unfairly against patients or colleagues
    • Never abuse the patients’ trust in doctors or the public’s trust in the profession.