MDDUS welcomes GMC guidance on doctor and patient relationship in decision making

MDDUS has today (Wednesday 30 September 2020) welcomed new guidance from the General Medical Council to support shared decision making between doctors and patients

Medical defence specialist MDDUS today (Wednesday 30 September 2020) welcomed new guidance published by the General Medical Council (GMC) to support shared decision making between doctors and patients.

Dr John Holden, head of medical division at MDDUS, said: “The publication by the GMC of updated guidance on decision making and consent is particularly timely. It recognises the pressure on doctors of time and resources which is highly relevant during the current pandemic.

“Decision making and gaining consent is so much more than just a signature on a piece of paper.

“It’s enormously important these are arrived at effectively through a two-way process that’s centred upon meaningful dialogue between doctor and patient.

“I am also pleased to see the GMC recognise that not every aspect of the guidance must be met to avoid the risk of a regulatory investigation; rather, the guidance may be applied proportionately, with regard to the complexity and potential impact of an individual decision.”

Dr Holden added: “The flexibility built into this revision of the GMC’s guidance takes into account the challenges presented by COVID-19. MDDUS welcomes this as it builds on the GMC’s statement on how it will conduct Fitness to Practise hearings relating to complaints made during the pandemic.”

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