He said the Code of Conduct would serve as a framework for ethical decision-making within the BMC and as a communication tool that indicated to stakeholders “a coming of age of the Barbados Medical Council”.
He said it was important that medical practitioners be informed of the expectations of their governing body and of acceptable behaviours and that they must also be held accountable for their actions.
“A standard of conduct acceptable to the Barbados Medical Council, the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, the University of the West Indies and the wider public must be maintained by practising physicians. This can only be done through adherence to a set of rules and principles that the Council considers significant and fundamental to successful operation,” Boyce said.
The Health Minister said he would like to see more documents of this kind governing the conduct of providers and recipients of health care in Barbados, including the nursing profession and paramedical disciplines.
He praised former BMC chairman, Professor Sir Errol Walrond, for his sterling contribution to health care in Barbados, and in particular, for the tremendous amount of work he did on the Code of Conduct during his tenure as chairman.
Boyce also acknowledged the Arnott Cato Foundation, which is chaired by Sir Errol, for its financial contribution to the printing of the document.
Sir Errol expressed his pleasure at seeing the project come to fruition, describing the Code as a very important initiative for the medical profession.
In the introduction to the document, Sir Errol stressed that observance of the principles contained in the document were particularly important when dealing with sick or disabled people and their relatives, who in their time of need might be anxious and vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and neglect.
BMC chairman, Dr. Charles Edwards, also welcomed the publication, noting that it was a requirement of the Medical Profession Act 2011.
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