Saturday 24 February 2018

Doctors adhere to high standards

IN the article 'Speak out, cleared GP's patient urges' by Louise Hogan and Eilish O'Regan (Irish Independent, January 27), Dr Mel Bates of the Irish College of General Practitioners was quoted as saying that there are no binding rules for doctors about having chaperones, such as practice nurses, for patients.

The Medical Council's role is to protect the public by ensuring that doctors are competent and adhere to the highest standards of professionalism in their behaviour and relationships with patients.

In 2009, the Medical Council published the Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners, which outlines the professional conduct, standards and ethics that medical practitioners have to comply with.

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