10th August 2017

GMC Joins Regulators To Provide Conflicts Of Interest Advice

GMC Joins Regulators To Provide Conflicts Of Interest Advice

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:

  • Be open about, and declare, any conflicts of interest they face
  • Make sure that patients have access to visible information on any fees or charging policies for which they are accountable
  • Put the interests of people in their care before their own interests or those of any colleague or organisation
  • Reflect on their own learning and CPD needs regarding conflicts of interest
  • Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries.
  • Refuse any kind of gifts, favours or hospitality which could be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment

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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