NMC Recommends Restrictions on Doctor Signboards and Prescription Papers

NMC Recommends Restrictions on Doctor Signboards and Prescription Papers
NMC Recommends Restrictions on Doctor Signboards and Prescription Papers
NMC Recommends Restrictions on Doctor Signboards and Prescription Papers
NMC Recommends Restrictions on Doctor Signboards and Prescription Papers

NMC Recommends Restrictions on Doctor Signboards and Prescription Papers

NMC Recommends Restrictions on Doctor Signboards and Prescription Papers

NMC Recommends Restrictions on Doctor Signboards and Prescription Papers

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has recommended guidelines for doctor signboards and prescription papers, emphasizing the need for transparency and accuracy in communication with patients. According to the NMC’s Ethics and Medical Registration Board (EMRB), doctors should not use unusually large signboards and should only include their name, qualifications, titles, specialty, or registration number. Prescription papers should also contain the same information.

The NMC’s guidelines also discourage the use of signboards on chemist’s shops or in locations where the doctor does not reside or practice. The goal is to prevent misleading the public through signboards, visiting cards, announcements, and other means of communication. While medical practitioners may have skills and training in various areas related to their field, the title “consultant/specialist” should be reserved for those who are qualified in the specific specialty.

The NMC’s Ethics and Medical Registration Board serves as an appellate body for cases of misconduct involving doctors and passes judgments on such matters. The board decided to compile learnings from these cases into an E-Book titled “Professional Conduct Review – Lessons from Case Archives” to disseminate insights from the complaint cases against doctors.

The book emphasizes that a trust deficit in the doctor-patient relationship often leads to litigation against doctors. It highlights that the most common cause of complaints against doctors is due to a communication gap. The case studies in the book illustrate the challenges patients face in differentiating between ethics, conduct, and negligence, making it essential to provide guidelines for clear and ethical communication in the medical profession.

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