Regulations for Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics 2001
In exercise of the powers conferred under section 10(c) read with section 30(c) of the Delhi Medical Council Act 1997, passed by the Legislative Assembly Capital Territory of Delhi on 13th January, 1997 and assented to by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on 11 Feb., 1997, with the previous approval of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi, the Delhi Medical Council hereby lays down the following regulations relating to Professional conduct, etiquette and Ethics for registered medical practitioners.
The Webster dictionary defines ethics as "The body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture group".
The rules of conduct and the sense of values can neither be wholly prescriptive nor can be codified entirely. Nonetheless, Delhi Medical Council, describes the essential element of good standards of practice and care.
Being registered with the Delhi Medical Council gives medical professionals, rights and privileges, In return you must meet the standards of competence, care and conduct set by the Delhi Medical Council. The Code enlarges the general principles of good practice which all medical professionals are expected to follow while treating patients.
The principal objective of the medical profession is to render service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of the person. Physicians should merit the confidence of the patients entrusted to their care, rendering to each, the full measure of service and devotion. Physicians should continuously try to improve their medical knowledge and skills and should make available to their patients and colleagues the benefits of their professional attainments. They should practice methods of healing found on scientific basis and should not associate professionally with anyone who violates this principle. The honoured ideals of the medical profession imply that the responsibilities of the physician extend not only to the individual but also to the society.
Patients trust their doctors with their lives and well being. To justify this faith as a doctor you must conduct yourself responsibly. In your ministrations you must be mindful of the fact that the health and lives of those entrusted in your care depend on your skill and labour and sincerity. As a professional you must observe the following guidance /precepts in the discharge of your duties:
(This provision does not apply to restrict proper training and instruction to bonafide students, employees, midwives, dispensers, surgical, attendants, or skilled mechanical and technical assistants and therapy assistants under your personal supervision.)
Successful relationship between doctors and patient depends on trust.
The term serious communicable disease applies to any disease which may be transmitted from human and which may result in death or serious illness. It particularly concerns, but is not limited to infections such as human immunodeficiency virus, tuberculosis, and Hepatitis B and C.
The CODE should not be violated in letter or spirit. The CODE does not enlist an exhaustive enumeration of instances of professional misconduct. The Delhi Medical Council may on its part initiate enquiries upon receipt of a complaint of a malpractice of a medical practitioner.
Correspondingly, if a medical growth professional is impeded in his/her work, his/her professional growth obstructed; if he/she faces harassment; he/she is entitled to approach the Delhi Medical Council and the Council will consider his/her complaints, offer guidance and take protective measures to ensure that the said member can conduct his/her medical services without hindrance and hazards.