This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

GPs' fury that BMA allowed Scots law

GPs in Scotland are furious with the BMA for not protesting about a new law concerning vulnerable patients after it emerged the association was consulted over the legislation.

Dr David Love, vice-chair of GPC Scotland, said the implications of the Adults with Incapacity Act were not made clear during the 1999 consultation. He said: 'The problem became clear with the publication of the code of practice for the Act in 2001.'

Dr Jim Beatson, a GP in Troon, Ayrshire, is leading the campaign against the new law, which requires GPs to carry out a one-hour assessment to see if a patient can consent to minor treatments.

'No wonder we're in the mess we're in,' he said.

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say