'I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.' So reads the Hippocratic Oath, which until recently used to be taken by all graduating doctors. Hippocrates of Cos (c. 460 BC – c. … [Read more...]
You may consider the following headline from a leading US newspaper blog last week to be rather extreme: ‘The British Embryo Authority and the Chamber of Eugenics’ But when it is followed a week later by a news report in a British … [Read more...]
Jeremy Hunt does not have an enviable job. Not only is he charged with putting into practice the radical NHS reforms that his predecessor steered tempestuously through Parliament (with scant support from the health professions), but now he has to … [Read more...]
The GMC’s new guidance on ‘Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice’ – how effectively does it address our concerns?
The General Medical Council published its new guidance on‘Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice’ (PBMP) earlier this week. This was one of ten supplementary documents accompanying its core Guidance ‘Good Medical Practice’ – all of … [Read more...]
New GMC Guidance on ‘Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice’ still gives scope for sensitive faith discussions within the consultation
Are doctors allowed to discuss their personal beliefs with patients or enquire about their patients’ beliefs? If so, in what circumstances? The General Medical Council’s long-awaited revised guidance on‘Personal Beliefs and Medical … [Read more...]