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responsibility for one's own actions; this is a principle of professional practice that is obligatory for health care providers.
accountability or responsibility for the moral and legal requirements of proper patient care.
AccountabilityEthics The extent to which a person is answerable to a higher authority
(1) A condition in which individuals who exercise power are constrained by external means and internal norms. Doctors and health professionals are accountable before the law, the Hippocratic Oath, peers, patients, and grant-giving agencies (if they do research), to the public, insurance carriers, and government agencies.
(2) Taking responsibility for one’s own actions and defending them to anyone who asks (e.g. to stakeholders, the general public, colleagues, partner agencies and policy makers). Organisational accountability includes the statutory responsibility of the NHS and Social Services Department in the UK.