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 :

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