The legal duty to act in a position of trust for the benefit of others. For example, physicians have a fiduciary responsibility to act for the benefit of their patients. Elected and appointed officials in a public health department have a fiduciary responsibility to act for the benefit of the people in the community the department serves. This fiduciary responsibility includes the duty of elected officials and their delegates to ensure the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and funds for the performance of essential public health functions.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.