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GMC strengthens guidance on PBC conflicts of interest

The GMC has strengthened its guidance on conflict of interest for GPs involved in practice-based commissioning.

The GMC has strengthened its guidance on conflict of interest for GPs involved in practice-based commissioning.

Queries from GPs taking part in PBC prompted the update, which warns doctors to remove themselves from decisions in which they have a financial or commercial interest.

The latest additions to the information already in the Good Medical Practice recommendations states GPs should declare the interest and exclude themselves from related decisions in accordance with the Department of Health and their PCT's guidance.

Dr Mike Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance, said the GMC were right to raise conflict of interest in PBC as an issue.

‘It's worth getting all these things clear and to remember we all wear lots of hats these days but we still have an ethical responsibility.'

He added that GPs also needed to be up-front with patients about any interests they have under PBC.

Primary care tsar, Dr David Colin-Thome, told the first Pulse/Practical Commissioning PBC training workshop it was possible to be both a commissioner and provider provided there was transparency.

He said: ‘As an individual doctor, I have been a commissioner for 36 years but I call it referral. That's a commissioning act, that's part of a job and that's being both a provider and a commissioner for an individual patient.'

GMC strengthens guidance on PBC conflicts of interest

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