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Rapid response to:


GMC says it can’t force doctors to disclose payments from drug companies

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 07 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3806
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Rapid Response:

An 'open comment' to David Oliver

I have been involved in an informative 'episodic discussion' with David Oliver, about the differences between, interactions between and applications in practice of, law and ethics.

I think this is one for David: in a nutshell the GMC cannot legally require this disclosure, but it seems clear that 'the GMC would like all doctors to disclose' (which is, in my terms, 'an ethical position'). An ethical position, I agree with, personally. But it seems that 'law trumps ethics' - which is my usual contention.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 July 2016
Michael H Stone
Retired Non Clinical
None Private Individual
Coventry CV2 4HN