In a draft document Good Management Practice: guidance for all doctors the GMC suggests a number of updates to its current guidance on workplace issues faced by doctors.
It proposes that doctors with additional responsibility for the purchasing and delivery of health services must have more detailed knowledge of management processes.
The document said: ‘You must make sure that you are competent and have the necessary training or advice for any financial responsibilities that are part of your role.
'You must make sure that those you manage have the necessary skills and advice to fulfil their roles.'
In the draft guidance the GMC also says that doctors who are concerned that their management decisions might conflict with their primary duty to patients could seek advice from colleagues or regulatory bodies.
GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said doctors are facing the challenge of delivering good patient care at a time of economic restraint. ‘Every day, all doctors make decisions about balancing competing demands for resources,' he said. 'Our updated guidance is intended to help doctors make these decisions.’
The consultation is open until 3 June 2011.