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New guidance is launched to help doctors protect vulnerable adults

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4820 (Published 28 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4820
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

Doctors must take action to protect vulnerable adults and ensure that safeguards are put in place if they believe people are being abused or neglected, according to new guidance from the British Medical Association.

The toolkit—Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults—A Toolkit for GPs—highlights the obligation doctors have in protecting vulnerable adults. This includes identifying abusers, identifying systemic healthcare failures, and reporting poor performance by other healthcare professionals.

Commissioned by the Department of Health in response to the lack of clarity in an increasingly complex area the guidance stresses that safeguarding vulnerable adults must not be the same as …

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