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Letters The truth about cash for referrals

The General Medical Council responds to the special report in The BMJ on regulating doctors’ financial and commercial interests

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h902
  1. Niall Dickson, chief executive1
  1. 1General Medical Council, London NW1 3JN, UK
  1. OCCE{at}

The General Medical Council takes the issue of conflicts of interests very seriously.1 We have unambiguous guidance which sets out our expectations—doctors must not allow any potential conflict to influence their practice and must always be open and honest with patients.2 3

If a doctor fails to follow our guidance we can and do take action. Since 2006, 34 doctors have …

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