New regulations were launched yesterday, according to which, patient's views must be taken into consideration by the doctors while examining their condition.
As people are becoming more aware of their disorders by searching literature and the internet, the patients should be encouraged to know more about their care is one of the several add-ons to the professional standards insisted upon by General Medical Council.
AdvertisementThe council has launched a poster campaign to increase awareness of the standard of behaviour of the doctor with the patients. Doctors who critically or often fail to meet the standards given in the modified version of Good Medical Practice guide are at risk of being struck off the register.
Dr Brian Keighley, of the GMC, said: "The new guidance is much more explicit about the need for doctors to consider patients' opinions and perspectives. The attitudes that were around with my senior colleagues 30 years ago are now thought to be very passe and out of date. The reason it has changed is because doctors want to change.
"Instead of having fashionable charters and mission statements, now patients will have access to Good Medical Practice and know what to expect. If they go into a more old fashioned doctor and are told what is going to happen to them, they can challenge that."
Patient groups have welcomed the new standards, which also put a greater emphasis on all doctors' responsibilities towards children. "
Elaine Carnegie, policy officer for Asthma UK Scotland, said: "A survey for the organisation found a quarter of patients felt that they did not have any influence in making decisions about their treatment. "
The youngsters feel that they were not given enough information about their problem when they were diagnosed with asthma.
Another policy in the Good Medical Practice is helping patients to improve and maintain their health on their own.