Professional Conduct and Ethics
The patient-doctor relationship is a privileged one that depends on the patient's trust in the doctor's professional conduct. The Medical Council gives guidance on all matters related to professional conduct and ethics for registered doctors and this guide is regularly updated Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Doctors.
The Medical Council publishes a Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners. The Guide provides guidance to doctors on matters related to professional conduct and ethics, including professional conduct, responsibilities to patients, medical records and confidentiality, consent to medical treatment and professional practice.
The Medical Council's duty is to maintain the highest ethical standards and professional competence amongst registered doctors in the Republic of Ireland.
The case studies (PDF) below act as a helpful illustration of a potential scenarios derived from our ethical guide.