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.