GMC says doctors can give medical notes to patients who want to end their lives

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 07 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e959
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Doctors who comply with patients’ valid requests for their medical records under the Data Protection Act but refrain from encouraging or helping them to end their lives will not normally face General Medical Council proceedings for assisting a suicide, the GMC says in new draft guidance.

Patients who travel to Switzerland for a legal assisted death are required to produce their medical records there, and some doctors have refused to hand over the notes if they know or suspect a patient’s motive, although patients have a legal right to their records under the act.

The draft guidance for GMC case examiners and members of investigation committees clarifies for …

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