Doctors’ personal beliefs

4. Doctors may practise medicine in accordance with their beliefs, provided that they act in accordance with relevant legislation and:

  • do not treat patients unfairly
  • do not deny patients access to appropriate medical treatment or services
  • do not cause patients distress.

If any of these circumstances is likely to arise, we expect doctors to provide effective patient care, advice or support in line with Medical practice, whatever their personal beliefs.3

Endnotes for Personal beliefs and medical practice