The article on the most essential aspects of clinical negligence in a broader context is prepared in collaboration with Solicitors.guru, the company that runs the most comprehensive catalog of medical negligence solicitors in the country. The article is written in an FAQ form – you will find the most relevant topics and issues considered one by one. So here we go.
What is the medical deontology?
The concept represents the doctrine of legal, professional and moral aspects, responsibilities and the rules of conducting professional responsibilities by healthcare worker in relation to the patient. Deontology is a part of medical ethics and is a collection of historically established norms of modern legislation and regulated requirements provided by practical, professional medical activity. For medical deontology adjacent problems such as medical confidentiality, medical error, euthanasia, the right to experiment on your own body, the production of medical intervention without the consent of the patient, experiments in humans, the moral and ethical problems of organ transplantation, genetic engineering, sorcery, folk and alternative medicine, and dozens of other aspects.
What is medical ethics?
Medical ethics is a particular manifestation of general ethics in medical activity. It is a science, the issue of medical humanism, honour, conscience and dignity of the medical workers. It is a science that helps develop a doctor’s ability to moral orientation in difficult situations.
What do we call medical secrecy?
This term stands for non-disclosure of information about the disease, intimate and family life of the patient by medical workers, the information that became known to them by virtue of the use of the professional duties.
Why do we need the confidentiality?
The reasons are many:
- to protect the internal world of the person and support his/her autonomy;
- to prevent manipulation by external forces;
- to protect the social and economic interests of the individuals;
- to create a basis of trust and frank doctor – patient relationships;
- to maintain the prestige of the medical profession.
Is voluntary and informed consent of the patient (or trusted persons) a prerequisite for medical intervention?
What do we mean by omission?
This is a sort of criminal act – a socially dangerous and illegal, passive behavior, which is expressed in an imperfect socially useful activities that a person could and should have done in the power conferred upon it by legal obligations.
What does the term medical error include?
A medical error is the actions made by doctors in the performance of their professional duties, which may be the result of honest mistakes, not containing any signs of a crime or misconduct. In contrast to the medical crimes, medical error is not the result of negligent medical attitude to their duties, and therefore, regardless of the consequences, the doctor cannot be punished under criminal law.