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Niall Dickson

My letter to the General Medical Council over its guidance to doctors on conscientious objection to abortion

When two Glasgow midwives won the right to opt out of supervising abortions last April I suggested that the General Medical Council (GMC) needed to revise its professional guidance on the matter which now seemed to be at odds with the law. At the time […]


Government drags its feet over investigating doctors who pre-signed abortion forms

Last July I blogged about the 14 NHS abortion clinics which according to reports by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health service regulator in England, had broken the law by allowing doctors to pre-sign forms authorising abortions. The story was covered by the BBC, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Guardian. The breaches were uncovered in […]


GMC and RCM must now move urgently to review their abortion guidance in light of Glasgow midwives court ruling

Two Roman Catholic midwives have today won a landmark legal battle to avoid taking any part in abortion procedures. Mary Doogan, 58, and Concepta Wood, 52, (pictured) lost a previous case against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) when the court ruled that their human […]


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 which were released on the same day. Last year I outlined […]


Doctors should identify themselves online and respect colleagues and professional boundaries, says GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC), the regulatory body for doctors, has today published advice on doctors’ use of social media for the very first time. The news comes as the Medical Defence Union, which provides legal advice and protection for doctorsreveals that more doctors than ever have been […]