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.