GMC launches online tutorials on ethical dilemmas

The GMC has launched a series of online tutorials that offer advice for medical professionals on tackling ethical dilemmas.

By Joanne Ellul

The online resource explains how doctors should tackle common medical ethical dilemmas using GMC guidance, Good Medical Practice (GMP). The tutorials will go up on GMP in Action, the GMC's interactive learning website for doctors.

Examples of dilemmas include prescribing the contraceptive pill to under-16s without parental consent, involving social services in parents with drug addictions, internal problems and relationships with patients.

Jane O'Brien, the GMC's assistant director of standards and fitness to practise, said: ‘There are rarely black and white answers to a medical ethical dilemma and so GMP in Action allows the doctor to explore the issue from different viewpoints and see how certain courses of action can have varying consequences.'

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