Statement of intent needed

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6969.1658c (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1658
  1. J S Hopkins
  1. General practitioner, The Surgery, Ferryhill, County Durham DL17 8JJ.

    EDITOR,—The debate about the core values of our profession seems to rest on a series of isolated notions and objectives.1 Would it be helpful to attempt to draw these ideas together in a single statement of intent? If so, I offer my version of what such a statement should encompass in its description of a doctor's obligations and rights.

    To care for sick, old, frail, and weak people. To respect their privacy and their …

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