By Ikenna Awkadigwe, MBBS,LLB,BL……Enugu
The new oath has a far-reaching implication on the doctor, the patient and the society. These implications mean that MDCN has been significantly limited on the scope of punishment it can mete out to doctors. The only way a doctor can be punished in those areas limited is where a doctor violates a criminal law.
I must quickly rush to acknowledge that the WMA has just once more come to the rescue of the Nigerian doctors. Strikes are now ethical. Respect for junior doctors are now ethical obligation. A patient desire is now an indication for procedures hitherto denied patients eg voluntary C/S etc.
This new oath has done revolution on the warped mentality of some of our seniors. Now, restriction on abortion is out, respect for students and homosexuality in, indecent relationship with patient is out, doctors welfare in, patient autonomy to use their life in, patient compulsory welfare now narrowed to the mother and excludes intrauterine gestation.
Those Nigerian doctors in America who have their licences removed because of seduction from their female patients will breath again.
Now, this oath has automatically become our rules and ethics. It has become our integral code. But, it may require an overhaul of our 2008 code.