Doctors must not accept inducements for referrals, GMC says

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2098

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  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The General Medical Council has written to all UK licensed doctors to warn them that they must not accept incentives to treat patients at any particular private healthcare facility or refer them there for tests, after an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority found that such schemes were widespread in the private health sector.1

The letters follow an order from the competition authority placing new legal requirements on doctors from 6 April, including a ban on “requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting any direct incentive or any obligation” from a private hospital to give preference to its facilities …

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