Managing Medical Ethics and Legal Requirements in a Primary Care and Health Environment

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Primary Care and Health Management

4419-601 Managing Medical Ethics and Legal Requirements in a Primary Care and Health Environment

TABLE OF CONTENTS TASK | PAGE | Task 1Managing medical ethics is a fundamental part of a Manager’s role. It is the responsibility of the Manager to understand the guiding principles of medical ethics and apply them within the organisation | | a) Reflect on the journey of medical ethics and interpret how the principles of the Hippocratic Oath are applied within your organisation………………………………….………… | 4 | b) Examine your workplace with reference to its compliance with the legal and ethical requirements of holding, using and accessing data………………………………………….………. | 6
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It is the responsibility of the Manager to understand the guiding principles of medical ethics and apply them within the organisation a) Reflect on the journey of medical ethics and interpret how the principles of the Hippocratic Oath are applied within your organisation.
Ethics is defined as;
‘a social, religious or civil code of behaviour considered correct, especially that of a particular group, profession or individual’ (Collins Dictionary, 2014)
Ethics in Western medicine were documented in the form of the Hippocratic Oath (appendix 1). Essentially the oath is a beacon, a set of beliefs that physicians vow to work within. Over time many attempts have been made at modernising the oath to concur with modern day medicine (appendix 2).
In more recent times the World Medical Association (WMA) ‘has become the recognized authority to speak for the doctors of the world in international affairs’ (World Medical Association, 2014). From the outset it was felt that there should be an;
‘establishment of a suitable oath or pledge to be administered as a part of the graduation or licensing ceremony would help to impress on newly qualified doctors the fundamental ethics of medicine and would assist in raising the general standards of professional conduct’ (World Medical Association 2014).
In order to accomplish this, the WMA studied the various international medical

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