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Let's hear the GMC's view on drug rationing

GMC president Sir Graeme Catto, in June 2008, expatiated (the GMC does a lot of that) on the important relationship between faith, health and healthcare delivery.

He noted that the GMC, in its ethical guidance Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice, made clear that doctors are expected to put patient care first, above their own personal views and regardless of patients' lifestyles and beliefs.

As he is willing to be so prescriptive about doctors' behaviour, will he now, on behalf of the GMC, openly state whether it is acceptable practice for a doctor to withhold from a kidney cancer patient (I believe he is a kidney specialist) beneficial medication on the grounds of 'cost-effectiveness' as NICE proposes to direct him?

Dr John Findlater, Silverdale, Lancashire

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