Doctors must put patients’ needs ahead of their personal beliefs

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:685
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Doctors must be prepared to set aside their religious and other personal beliefs if these compromise the care of patients, according to the latest ethical guidance from the UK General Medical Council.

    This could include removing a Muslim doctor’s face veil if it impedes proper communication between patient and doctor, the guidance implies.

    “Some patients, for example, may find that a face veil worn by their doctor presents an obstacle to effective communication and the development of trust,” it says.

    “You must be prepared to respond to a patient’s individual needs and take steps to anticipate and overcome …

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