Ethical Foundations of Health Care: Responsibilities in Decision Making

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APPENDIX J
Exercising Accountability
(UKCC Advisory Document, March 1989).SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPLES AGAINST WHICH TO EXERCISE ACCOUNTABILITY
1. The interests of the patient or client are paramount.
2. Professional accountability must be exercised in such a manner as to ensure that the primacy of the interests of patients or clients is respected and must not be overridden by those of the professions or their practitioners.
3. The exercise of accountability requires the practitioner to seek to achieve and maintain high standards.
4. Advocacy on behalf of patients or clients is an essential feature of the exercise of accountability by a professional practitioner.
5. The role of other persons in the delivery of health care to patients or clients must be recognised and respected, provided that the first principle above is honoured.
6. Public trust and confidence in the profession is dependent on the practitioners being seen to exercise their accountability responsibly.
7. Each registered nurse, midwife or health visitor must be able to justify any action or decision not to act taken in the course of her professional practice.

A UKCC Advisory Document, March 1989.

Reproduced by kind permission of the UKCC.

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