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From Jane O'Brien

From Jane O'Brien

Head of Standards and Ethics, GMC

It is disappointing that Pulse chose to dismiss the GMC's

efforts to engage with the public and the profession over revising core guidance to doctors ­ Good Medical Practice (News, 5 November).

Rather than the 80-plus audience attending a public meeting in London finding it a 'useless' event, the majority said they found the discussion of ethical principles both interesting and important.

An earlier meeting in Manchester brought members of the public into their first direct contact with the GMC. As Dr John Jenkins, the chair of the GMC standards committee, made clear on both occasions, the points of view vigorously expressed will contribute to the eventual outcome when new guidance is published next year, as will the online submissions which are being sought from as many doctors and patients as possible.

We urge your readers to take part rather than be swayed by the cynicism informing your report. Further meetings are planned in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.

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