Doctors of citizen dental clinic complaint about the quality of dental care in India and feels that a regulatory body and certain fixed norms to maintain the standardization will be mandatory. Clinical standards in dentistry are constantly developing.
As a dental professional, you are responsible for making sure you do the following.
Be familiar with and understand current standards which affect your work and relevant guidelines issued by organizations other than us and available sources of evidence that support current standards.
As a dental professional, you are responsible for doing the following.
Treat patients politely and with respect, in recognition of their dignity and rights as individuals.
Recognise and promote patients’ responsibility for making decisions about their bodies, their priorities and their care,making sure you do not take any steps without patients’consent (permission). Follow our guidance -Principles of patient consent’.
Treat patients fairly and in line with the law. Promote equal opportunities for all patients. Do not discriminate against patients or groups of patients because of their sex, age,race, ethnic origin, nationality, special needs or disability, sexuality, health, lifestyle, beliefs or any other irrelevant consideration.
Listen to patients and give them the information they need,in a way they can use, so that they can make decisions.This will include:communicating effectively with patients;explaining options (including risks and benefits); and giving full information on proposed treatment and possible costs.
Maintain appropriate boundaries in the relationships you have with patients. Do not abuse those relationships.
STANDARDS FOR DENTAL PROFESSIONALS
Treat information about patients as confidential and only use it for the purposes for which it is given.
Prevent information from being accidentally revealed and prevent unauthorised access by keeping information secure at all times.
In exceptional circumstances, it may be justified to make confidential patient information known without consent if it is in the public interest or the patient’s interest. You should get appropriate advice before revealing information on this basis. Follow our guidance -Principles of patient confidentiality’.
Co-operate with other team members and colleagues and respect their role in caring for patients.
Treat all team members and other colleagues fairly and in line with the law. Do not discriminate against them.