MCI code of Ethigs
The Medical Council of India (MCI) was established in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933, now repealed, with the main function of...
The Medical Council of India (MCI) was established in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933, now repealed, with the main function of establishing uniform standards of higher qualifications in medicine and recognition of medical qualifications in India and abroad. It code of ethics called the Indian Medical Council (Professional conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002. Its main features are as follows:
A physician shall uphold the dignity and honour of his profession; THE prime object of medical profession is to render service to humanity; reward or financial gain is a subordinate consideration. Who- so-ever chooses his profession, assumes the obligation to conduct himself in accordance with its ideals. The Principal objective of the medical profession is to render service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of profession and man.
Every physician shall maintain the medical records pertaining to his / her indoor patients for a period of 3 years from the date of commencement of the treatment in a standard proforma laid down by the Medical Council of India and attached as Appendix 3. 1.3.2. If any request is made for medical records either by the patients / authorised attendant or legal authorities involved, the same may be duly acknowledged and documents shall be issued within the period of 72 hours. 3 A Registered medical practitioner shall maintain a Register of Medical Certificates giving full details of certificates issued.
When issuing a medical certificate he / she shall always enter the identification marks of the patient and keep a copy of the certificate. He / She shall not omit to record the signature and/or thumb mark, address and at least one identification mark of the patient on the medical certificates or report. The medical certificate shall be prepared as in Appendix 2.
Efforts shall be made to computerize medical records for quick retrieval. Every physician shall display the registration number accorded to him by the State Medical Council/Medical Council of India in his clinic and in all his prescriptions, certificates, money receipts given to his patients. Every physician should, as far as possible, prescribe drugs with generic names and he/she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs.