[Ethics Case Studies] Codes of Conduct

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Paper 4 | Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude | Codes of Conduct


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This initiative is a part of Target Mains programme for Mains 2017.

You can post your answers in the comment section. But mentor review of answers will not be available. Just like various other CD community initiatives, this will also be a peer-to-peer review exercise.

Model answers are available below in PDF format and can be used for personal evaluation.


Question 1:

You are posted as a senior officer in the health department. One day during a visit to a government hospital, you came to know about the poor state of the hospital. The staff is not punctual when it comes to timings. The patients told you that the doctors rarely come on time for the regular round in the ward.

When you discussed this with the staff, you came to know some of the doctors had private clinics and came to hospital only after visiting patients there. The uniform of the other staff was also not proper. There was no display regarding the time of duty of the doctors in the ward.

Do you think there should be a code of conduct of doctors and other staff in hospitals like those for civil servants? If you are to make such a code of conduct, what all points will you focus upon? Draft a code of conduct in above case.

Question 2:

X and Y are married to each other and own a business together. Z is X’s friend who works in a bank. Z notices that every month Y deposits a fixed amount into one’s (P’s) account. P’s account does not reflect a fixed monthly deposit from any other source.
Z passes on this information to X. X is upset but chooses to confront P first. She lands up at P’s house and is even more annoyed to find that P has been hospitalized because she is expecting a baby. In her frustration, X storms into her house where Y is with his relatives and confronts him to know the truth. Y though, taken aback replies that P is her half sister and he hid this fact in order to avoid any ill feelings concerning his late father. Was it just a blunder or was an ethical duty done by X and Z? Justify.

Question 3:

Crime against women is on the rise in the Capital and also in some other parts of India. Government has taken some steps in its bid to improve the situation. However, the steps still lacks concrete measures. Even the bill on quota reservation for women keeps getting shelved. The reports are coming at regular intervals from the media. However, nothing concrete is being done by the government. Vasundhara who works in the Cabinet in the human resource department finds the whole cacophony distasteful. She decides to express her thoughts on the present situation on her personal blog and in the printed media to spread awareness on the matter.
What is your take on Vasundhara’s action? Explore the following option and suggest the suitable action (other than the mentioned also if need be) with proper justification.
Is she right in doing so because someone has to take the step out to make a change?
She should have restricted herself to personal blogging that way no one questions her freedom of expression?
She must step out in the open and fully take the cause in her hands.

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