The patient-doctor relationship is a privileged one that depends on the patient’s trust in the doctor’s professionalism. The role of the Medical Council is to safeguard the public by ensuring that the quality of the doctor’s competence, behaviours and relationships that underlie this professionalism is maintained in the patient-doctor relationship. Doctors must always be guided by their primary responsibility to act in the best interests of their patients, without being influenced by any personal consideration. They should act independently in the service of their patients and have a responsibility to advocate with the relevant authorities for appropriate healthcare resources and facilities.