What about the medical profession and its ethics?
Medical ethics are principles or standards for how a doctor interacts with colleagues, patients, and health professionals.
The idea of establishing medical ethics goes back to the era of ancient Greek civilization, and with the beginning of the Middle Ages, that is, about 500 years ago, the improvement and development of these principles and standards to what it is now.
Basic medical ethics:
6 basic principles that are fundamental ethics and are applied in the medical profession:
- Self-independence of the patient: that is, he has the freedom to choose how to treat him from the disease
- Good treatment of the patient: that is, he must be treated well
- We do not harm the patient: that is, we do not harm him either physically or mentally
-The dignity of the patient: that is, the patient has a dignity that we must preserve.
- Justice among patients: that is, there are equality and fairness between patients in all material and moral aspects
- Truthfulness and honesty: that is, that the medical staff be sincere in word and deed towards the patients and that they do not betray honesty.
Confidentiality commitment between doctor and patient
Among the ethics of medicine, there is the principle of the doctor's commitment to confidentiality towards the patient, that is, he keeps his secrets and does not tell anyone about them except with the consent of the patient, for example
A patient is suffering from a disease that he inherited from his family and whose treatment is difficult to treat, and the patient intends to hide his illness from his family members? Should the doctor inform the family about the disease, or should he remain silent and leave the family confused.
Other medical ethics Doctors struggle to apply them
The doctor suffers from several problems and difficulties in applying some medical ethics, such as the commitment of the professional conscience in treating some difficult disease cases, as well prudence in making critical medical decisions and we have examples of that.
If the doctor faces the birth of a child with a physical disability that is impossible to treat, for example, congenital abnormalities in his body, does the doctor allow himself to let the child die in this way? And tell the child's family that the child's death was natural? A treats the child from injury according to the available circumstances. The doctor tells the child's family that he is doing everything possible to save him.
Can a doctor deal with a patient suffering from an incurable disease that has no treatment? To give him medicine with the consent of the patient
and this drug leads to a fast and very painful death? Or the doctor leaves the patient with this condition to suffer from this disease.
In light of all these problems still exist today.
In the United Kingdom, if a doctor does something bad from a professional point of view, he can be removed from the doctors ’record and banned from practicing the profession by the Physicians’ Union, which is a council of doctors who are responsible for the honor and credibility of the profession.
in the last
She says that the doctor can no longer rely on his conscience to adhere to the ethics of the profession because the matter is no longer a relationship between the doctor and the patient. Rather, it is because the majority of citizens are becoming more educated, aware, and able to participate in making ethical decisions and decisions related to the medical profession.