Medical Doctors are not allowd to practise with profit focus;
Medical Doctors cannot go into Partnership with other Health Workers, other
ETHICS AND MORALS FOR MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
than another Medical Doctor;
Reference: The Code of Ethics of the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea.
This Code is an Attempt to assist members of the Medical Society with the more common ethical problems which may
be expected to arise in medical practice in Papua New Guinea at the present time. Should a member be faced with an
ethical problem needing individual consideration or be in doubt about the course to take in any professional difficulty,
he should seek assistance through the secretary of the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea.
Disciplinary jurisdiction over registered medical practitioners is conferred upon the Medical Board under the Medical
Services Ordinance covering discipline (Part(V), Division 2, Section 59-62).
The Medical Board has Statutory power to -
- (i) order the name of the registered medical practitioner to be erased from the register; or
- (ii) order the name of the registered medical practitioner to be removed from the register for such period as it may
think fit; or
- (iii) order the registered medical practitioner to be reprimanded; or make any such order as aforesaid but suspend the application
thereof, subject to such conditions as the board may think fit, for a period, or periods in the aggregate, not exceeding two years.
Moste cases coming before the Medical Board fall into the categories:-
- (a) if the doctor has been convicted in Papua New Guinea or elsewhere of any offence punishable with imprisonment;
- (b) if he has been guilty of misconduct in any professional respect;
- (c) if he has obtained registration by fraud or misrepresentation; or
- (d)if he has not at the time of his registration entitled to be registered.
Although the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea has no statutory power to penalised a medical practitioner guilty of professional misconduct,
it has the responsibility of informing doctors of their duties and the ethical demands of the medical profession.
For the purposes of regulation of the medical profession in Papua New Guinea, this society accepts the following definition of "professional misconduct":
1. DUTIES OF DOCTORS IN GENERAL
1.1 A doctor must always maintain the highest standards of professional conduct towards both the individual and society
1.2 A doctor must not allow himself to be influenced merely by motives of profit.
1.3 The following practices are deemed unethical:
"If a medical man in the pursuit of his profession has done something which will be reasonably regarded as disgraceful or dishonorable by his professional
brethren of good repute and competency, then it shall be regarded as misconduct in a professional respect."
- (a) Any self advertisement except such as is expressly authorised by the CODE of medical ethics.
- (b) Taking part in any plan of medical care in which the doctor does not have freedom to make decisions in the best interests of his patients.
- (c) To receive any money in connection with services rendered to a patient other than the acceptance of proper professional fee,
or to pay any money in the same circumstances without the knowledge of the patient.
- (d) It is unethical for a medical practitioner to enter into partnership with anyone
but another registered medical practitioner. For instance, he may not form a partnership for profit
with a Pharmacist, Laboratory Technician, Physiotherapist or Nurse.
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