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Ethical Duties of Doctors

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)



Source: TH


Context: The Madras High Court criticized doctors who try to avoid serving in public hospitals after benefiting from subsidized education.



Some key ethical values of doctors:

  1. Compassion: Showing empathy and care towards patients’ suffering and needs.
  2. Integrity: Upholding honesty, truthfulness, and ethical conduct in all interactions.
  3. Professionalism: Demonstrating dedication, responsibility, and respect for patients, colleagues, and the profession.
  4. Confidentiality: Safeguarding patients’ privacy and maintaining confidentiality of their medical information.
  5. Autonomy: Respecting patients’ right to make informed decisions about their own healthcare.
  6. Beneficence: Acting in the best interest of patients and promoting their well-being.
  7. Non-maleficence: Avoiding harm to patients and minimizing risks associated with medical treatment.
  8. Justice: Ensuring fairness and equity in the distribution of healthcare resources and access to medical care.