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Hippocratic Oath

Declaration of a New Doctor

As a new doctor, and a member of the medical profession:

I solemnly pledge that I will do my best to serve humanity – caring for the sick, promoting good health and alleviating pain and suffering.

I will care for all patients equally and not allow prejudice to influence my practice.

I will respect the autonomy and dignity of my patients, and will uphold their confidentiality.

I will acknowledge my patients’ physical, psychological, and social needs and assist them to make informed decisions that reflect their own values and beliefs.

I will respect, support and give gratitude to my teachers, colleagues and all those who sustain the NHS.

I will reflect on my practice and recognise my limits.

I will seek to increase my understanding and skills, and promote the advancement of medicine as both a teacher and a learner.

I will work towards a fairer distribution of health resources and oppose policies in breach of human rights.

I will look after my own physical, mental and emotional well-being in my personal and professional life.

I shall never intentionally cause harm to my patients, and will have the utmost respect for human life.

I will practice medicine with integrity, humility, honesty and compassion.

I recognise that the practice of medicine is a privilege with which comes considerable responsibility and I will not abuse my position.

I make this declaration sincerely, freely and upon my honour.