On 8th August 2017, the General Medical Council (GMC) has joined other health and care regulators to agree a joint statement on handling conflicts of interest.
The nine health and care professional regulators including GMC and GPhC have signed a joint statement, which sets out what is expected of all healthcare professionals in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest across all healthcare settings.
The statement is intended to help each regulator’s professional standards, codes and guidance, ensuring that “professional judgement is not compromised by personal, financial or commercial interests, incentives, targets or similar measures.
Among the expectations outlined, the joint statement says healthcare professionals should:
The chief executive of GMC, Charlie Massey said that handling conflicts of interest can be a complex and tricky issue. As a regulator, it is important for GMC to set out, in a clear and consistent way, what is expected of those working in health and care.
This joint statement, backed up with helpful case studies, will ensure everyone is aware of what regulators expect, he added.
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