GMC launches Good Medical Practice review

Health professionals will be asked 'what makes a good doctor?' as part of a major review of the GMC's central guidance for doctors, the GMC has announced.

Mr Dickson: The GMC is anxious to hear the views of patients, doctors and others working in healthcare
Mr Dickson: The GMC is anxious to hear the views of patients, doctors and others working in healthcare

Respondents to the GMC's review of Good Medical Practice will be asked for suggestions on how the guidance can be improved so it is relevant to all doctors.

It will also whether the guidance gives enough weight to patients’ needs and how it could be made more relevant for doctors in training and non-clinical roles.

The current guidance on Good Medical Practice, which doctors are expected to use as the basis of their day to day practice, came into effect in November 2006.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said the GMC needs to ensure that its guidance reflects changes in the way healthcare is delivered.

‘That is why we are anxious to hear the views of patients, doctors and others working in healthcare about how doctors should be practising today,’ he said.

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