New guidance will help doctors make difficult judgments in the workplace – General Medical Council [UK] – 4 March 2011

Posted on March 18, 2011. Filed under: Medicine | Tags: |

New guidance will help doctors make difficult judgments in the workplace – General Medical Council [UK] – 4 March 2011

Press Release

“Doctors and patients are being asked what steps doctors should take when faced with a conflict between their management responsibilities and their duty to ensure patients receive good, safe care.

We want to hear as many views as possible about the factors doctors should consider when making difficult choices.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC
This is one of the questions asked in a consultation on the revised draft of the GMC’s guidance on workplace issues faced by doctors.

The GMC has suggested a number of updates to its guidance, including a duty for doctors to be open and honest with patients about how decisions are made about when resources are limited.

The consultation asks for views on a variety of issues including commissioning services, dealing with conflicts of interest, team-working and performance management. Another question asked is whether the proposed guidance sets out all of the factors that should be taken into account when decisions have to be made about competing demands for resources

Guidance on raising and acting on concerns about patient safety has also been brought together for the first time in this new draft. The consultation asks what more the GMC can do to encourage doctors to speak up about anything that compromises the safety of patients.”

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