Duties Of Homoeopathic Practitioners To Their Patients
RAJASTHAN BOARD OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE
(A corporate body established and constituted under the provisions of
The Rajasthan Homoeopathic Medicine Act 1969.)
Duties of Homeopathic Practitioners to Thier Patients
Obligations to the Sick
Though a practitioner of Homoeopathy is not bound to treat each and every one asking for his services except in emergencies, he shall, for the sake of humanity and the noble traditions of the profession, not only be ever ready to respond to the calls of the sick and the injured, but shall be mindful of the high character of his mission and the responsibility he incurs in the discharge of his professional duties.
A practitioner of Homoeopathy is free to choose whom he will serve provided be shall respond to any request for his assistance in an emergency or whenever temperate public opinion expects the service.
Once having undertaken a case, a practitioner of Homoeopathy shall not neglect the patient nor shall he withdraw from the case without giving notice to the patient, his relatives or his responsible friends sufficiently long in advance of his withdrawal to allow them time to secure another practitioner.
Termination of Service
The following shall be valid reasons for his withdrawal :
where he finds another practitioner in attendance
where remedies other than those prescribed by him are being used
where his remedies and instructions are refused
where he is convinced that illness is an imposture and that he is being made a party to a false pretence
where the patient persists in the use of opium, alcohol, chloral or similar intoxicating drugs against medical advice
where complete information concerning the facts and circumstances of the case are not supplied by the patient or his relatives.
The discovery that the malady is incurable is no excuse to discontinue attendance so long as the patient desired his services.
Acts of Negligence
No practitioner of Homoeopathy shall wilfully commit an act of negligence that may deprive his patient of necessary medical care.
A practitioner of Homoeopathy is expected to render that diligence and skill in services as would be expected of another pracitioner of Homoeopathy with similar qualifications, experience and attainments.
His acts of commission or omission shall not be judged by any non-homoeopathic standards of professional service expected of him but by those standards as are expected from a Homoeopath of his training, standing and experience.
A practitioner of Homoeopathy shall use any drug prepared according to Homoeopathic principles and adopt other necessary measures as required.
Behaviour towards Patients
The demeanour of a practitioner of Homoeopathy towards his patients shall always be courteous, sympathetic, friendly and helpful. Every patient shall be treated with attention and consideration.
A practitioner of Homoeopathy shall endeavour to add to the comfort of the sick by making his visits at the hour indicated to the patients.
The practitioner of Homoeopathy shall neither exaggerate nor minimize the gravity of a patient's condition. He shall ensure that the patient, his relatives or responsible friends have such knowledge of the patient's condition as will serve the best interest of the patient and his family.
In cases of dangerous manifestations, he shall not fail to give timely notice to the family or friends of the patient and also to the patient when necessary.
Patience, Delicacy & Secrecy
Patience and delicacy shall characterize the attitude of a practitioner of Homoeopathy. Confidences concerning individual or domestic life entrusted by patients to a practitioner and defects in the disposition or character of patients observed during the medical attendance shall not be revealed by him, to anyone unless their revelation is required by the laws of the State.