| Siti Hajar |
LOCAL health practitioners were reminded yesterday that they could potentially face consequences for failure to abide by the Code of Conduct set forth by the Bruneian government.
In addressing dozens of healthcare professionals from around the country during the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) 2014 Seminar, Director-General of Medical Services Dr Hj Zulaidi bin Hj Abd Latif said that expectations must be met based on the Good Medical and Dental Practice published by the Brunei Medical Board (BMB).
“Every doctor and dentist should be familiar with the content of this guideline that describes and lists the duties of doctors and dentists and what is expected of them” including the meaning of being practitioners of virtue as well as providing these professionals with guidance on suitable clinical care.
“It emphasises the importance of adequate assessments of patients by documenting their history, conducting a proper examination, arranging appropriate investigations and having a clear management plan,” he said and emphasised the need to keep clear and accurate documentation of relevant clinical findings, decisions made, information given to patients and any investigations carried out or treatment given.
“At the grassroots level, healthcare providers must ensure that the level of care they provide to patients is the best and evidence-based. As healthcare providers, it becomes our responsibility to ensure that we continue to update our knowledge through learning platforms” especially if it facilitates better services for patients.
Yesterday’s one-day seminar, he pointed out, was a prime example at empowering primary healthcare doctors to manage and treat patients with simple conditions at clinics and therefore reduce unnecessary referrals to secondary and tertiary centres.
“The partnership that exists between primary healthcare and hospitals is of paramount importance to ensure smooth delivery and continuity of care. With the recent implementation of Bru-HIMS, the communication gap between primary, secondary and tertiary care is fast closing and continuity of patient care is becoming more attainable through it” which also includes transparency on each level of multidisciplinary professionals attending to patients.
The seminar, attended by around 150 participants, meanwhile, focussed on current issues related to the field of otorhinolaryngology with the theme “Basic to Advance”. Among topics discussed included ‘Management of ENT Foreign Bodies in Primary Care’, ‘Advancement in Aiding the Hearing Impaired’ and ‘Deep Neck Space Infections’, among others delivered by local healthcare practitioners.
Among the objectives of the seminar were to expand the practitioners’ knowledge in the management of ENT conditions categorised under basic healthcare; to ensure international standard professionalism and ethics; and aid in the development of professionals through evidence-based approaches.