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Letters GMC guidance on confidentiality

Muzzling doctors in the name of confidentiality

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 12 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4173
  1. Jack Gilliat, consultant physician1
  1. 1London E15 3HQ
  1. gilliatj{at}

    The fluidity and ubiquitousness of the internet and mass media can result in a doctor’s reputation being savaged by misguided or malicious patients’ comments published in the public arena. The General Medical Council’s recently enacted supplementary guidance on responding to criticism in the press is deeply worrying.1 2

    It specifically muzzles a doctor from …

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