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NMC Guidelines For Professional Conduct By Doctors

By Linus Garg
First publised on 2023-08-14 06:31:12

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The Ethics and Medical Registration Board under the National Medical Commission (NMC), the apex regulator for medical practice in the country, has released comprehensive guidelines for registered doctors of modern medicine. These guidelines encompass various aspects of professional conduct, ranging from treatment refusal to social media usage, and prescribing practices.

Treatment Refusal and Prescription Practices: Ensuring Patient Care and Safety

Doctors have been empowered with the right to refuse treatment in specific scenarios, such as dealing with abusive, unruly, or violent patients and relatives. Such behavior can be documented and reported, leading to the patient's referral for further treatment elsewhere. Moreover, the guidelines emphasize that doctors should not discriminate based on various factors like gender, race, religion, caste, or economic status when providing treatment.

A significant prescription-related change mandates doctors to prescribe generic medicines, promoting cost-effective healthcare. However, exceptions are made for cases where narrow therapeutic index drugs or other exceptional situations demand specific brands. This aims to ensure the rational use of medicines and promote the equivalence of generic drugs with their branded counterparts.

Navigating Social Media: Ethical Usage and Privacy Protection

The guidelines have introduced an 11-point framework for doctors' use of social media platforms. While doctors are allowed to provide information and educational content online, they are cautioned against sharing patient-specific information, scans, or testimonials. The document emphasizes maintaining patient privacy and refraining from any form of patient solicitation through social media channels.

Furthermore, doctors are prohibited from artificially boosting their social media profiles and from participating in telemedicine platforms that involve ratings, reviews, or promotions. Educational content shared on social media should align with the doctor's field of expertise, and professional decorum should be upheld when interacting online or discussing colleagues.

Continuous Professional Development: Lifelong Learning in Medicine

To keep up with evolving medical practices, emerging diseases, and new technologies, doctors are now required to engage in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs. These programs aim to enhance doctors' knowledge and skills. The guidelines stipulate that doctors should complete a certain number of credit points within specified intervals, with a focus on a mix of online and offline learning. Institutes authorized by the NMC can provide these training courses.

Conferences and Endorsements: Navigating Industry Influence

Doctors are prohibited from endorsing drug brands, medicines, equipment, or participating in third-party educational activities sponsored by pharmaceutical companies or the allied health sector. This move aims to mitigate potential conflicts of interest that might arise from such associations. However, the guidelines have also been criticized for not placing similar restrictions on the pharmaceutical industry itself.

Transparent Medical Records and Accountability

Efforts have been made to ensure transparency in medical records management. The guidelines call for timely acknowledgment and supply of medical records upon patient request, particularly in hospitals. There's an increased emphasis on digitizing patient records for quick retrieval and security. Doctors are expected to maintain patient records for a specified period and adhere to IT Act, data protection, and privacy laws.

The recently notified guidelines for the professional conduct of registered doctors in modern medicine by the NMC encompass a wide range of aspects to uphold medical ethics, privacy, and quality patient care. From the responsible use of social media to the promotion of generic medicines and continued professional development, these guidelines aim to align medical practice with the evolving needs of society while ensuring patient safety and maintaining the integrity of the medical profession.