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GMC consults GPs on beliefs

By Georgie Hobbs

The GMC has launched a consultation on how GPs should marry their personal beliefs with that of their patients.

New guidelines, called Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice, will tell doctors what is expected of them on issues such as abortion and faith.

The GMC says the consultation, which launched this week and runs until December, comes amid increasing concern from doctors about a range of personal and religious issues.

it will include advice on issues such as how GPs can admit objections to abortions or non-therapeutic circumcision, provide suitable responses to patients' face veils as well as explaining how to deal with Jehovah's Witnesses refusal of blood products.

The guidelines, which will act as a supplement to Good Medical Practise 2006, will be released next year.

Jane O'Brien, GMC head of standards and ethics, said: ‘So far this year we have had an increase in the number of enquiries from doctors about a whole range of issues around faith and personal beliefs – both their own and patients. Drafting this guidance has been challenging but the GMC want to help address the concerns doctors have on a day-to-day basis and hope to hear from them about whether this guidance was useful.'

Consultations: GPs to get new advice on how to tackle faith issues Consultations: GPs to get new advice on how to tackle faith issues

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