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The GMC has opened a consultation on a revised version of its Good Medical Practice guidance.

The guidance includes a series of new elements, including that doctors should never act in ways that undermine public confidence in the medical profession.

A further section also states that doctors and must act with integrity and to respect human rights.

In a revised introduction, doctors are warned there may be many other scenarios outside of the guidance which could jeopardise their careers.

'Good Medical Practice is not exhaustive,' it states. 'It cannot cover all forms of professional practice or misconduct which may bring your registration into question.'

The GMC said the guidelines, out for consultation until the end of November, were intended to reflect a consensus in public and professional views of the standards expected of doctors.

Good Medical Practice was originally published in 1995 and first revised in 2001.

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