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Letters GMC’s 2013 guidance to doctors

New GMC guidance takes a major, ethically flawed, backward step

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 18 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3879
  1. Ian Roberts, co-director, clinical trials unit, and professor of epidemiology1,
  2. Brigitte Chaudhry, founder2,
  3. Iain Chalmers, coordinator3
  1. 1London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK
  2. 2RoadPeace, UK
  3. 3James Lind Initiative, Oxford, UK

Doctors and patients have good reason not to be enamoured with new General Medical Council (GMC) guidance.1 Whereas the 2006 edition of Good Medical Practice stated that doctors “must work with colleagues and patients . . . to help resolve uncertainties about the effects of treatments” (para 14f),2 this principle and the relevant paragraph have …

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