Duties of a Medical Practitioner registered with the Medical Council of Guyana

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1. Patients must be able to trust medical practitioners with their lives and well being. To justify that trust, the medical practitioners, being members of the medical profession, have a duty to adhere to the code of conduct and maintain good standard of practice and care and to show respect for human life.

2. In all these matters a medical practitioner must never discriminate unfairly against his patients or colleagues and a medical practitioner must always be prepared to justify his actions to the patients.

3. In particular, as a medical practitioner one must:

(i) take the care of his patient as his first concern;
(ii) treat every patient politely and considerately;
(iii) respect the dignity and privacy of the patients;
(iv) listen to the patients and respect their views;
(v)give patients information in a way they can understand;
(vi) respect the rights of patients to be fully involved in decisions about their care;
(vii) keep one’s professional knowledge and skills up to date;
(viii) recognize the limits of one’s professional competence;
(ix) be honest and trustworthy;
(x) respect and protect confidential information;
(xi) ensure that his personal beliefs do not prejudice the care of patients;
(xii) act quickly to protect patients from risk if the medical practitioner has good reasons to believe that he or a colleague may not be fit to practice; 

(xiii) avoid abusing his position as a medical practitioner; and
(xiv) work with colleagues in the ways that best serve patients' interests.