Code Of Ethics

The Nepal Medical Council passed a code of ethics which all doctors registered under it are to abide by. The code is written as: Declaration

The following declarations should be read and agreed to be abided by the applicant at the time of registration.

1.   I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.

2.   Even under threat, I will not use my knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.

3.   I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception.

4.   I will not permit considerations of sex, religion, nationality, race, party-politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.

5.   I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity.

6.   The health of my patient will be my first consideration.

7.   I will respect the secrets which are confided in me.

8.   I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due.

9.   I will maintain by all means in my practice, the honour and noble traditions of the medical profession.

10.                     My colleagues will be my brothers.

11.                     I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.

Statements by the Professions Physicians on Code of Ethics.

The Hippocratic Oath (5th Century BC)

1.   I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgement, this covenant.

2.   I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

3.   I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

4.   I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

5.   I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

6.   I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

7.   I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

8.   I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

9.   I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

10.                     If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

World Medical Association Declaration, Geneva (1948, 1968, 1983)

At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:

1.   I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity.

2.   I will give my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due.

3.   I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity.

4.   The health of my patient will be my first consideration.

5.   I will respect the secrets which are confided in me, even after the patient has died.

6.   I will maintain by all means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession.

7.   My colleagues will be my brothers.

8.   I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.

9.   I will maintain the tmost respect for human life from its beginning even under threat.

10.                     I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.

11.                     I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.