Letters GMC and doctors’ financial competing interests

Doctors’ financial interests should be declared to avoid any impression of impropriety

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h858 (Published 18 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h858
  1. Gee Yen Shin, PHE consultant virologist1,
  2. Rohini Manuel, consultant microbiologist1
  1. 1Public Health Laboratory London, Department of Infection, Royal London Hospital, London E1 2ES, UK
  1. geeyen.shin{at}nhs.net

We are concerned by the General Medical Council’s laissez faire approach to reports of undeclared financial conflicts of interest in the form of financial inducements that may have influenced the referral patterns of UK doctors.1 We are glad that the editorial prompted a response to these serious allegations from the GMC.2

We agree that doctors should make conflicts of interest declarations if these conflicts could affect prescribing and clinical …

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