Following the Montgomery case where the Supreme Court advised the medical profession that it is patients who make decsions about their treatment (provided they have the mental capacity to do so), the GMC has reviewed its guidance on how patients and doctors work together regarding patients health and care.
The GMC have set their stall out. The title of the draft guidance is "Decision making
and consent: Supporting patient choices about health and care". it clearly is about the patient.
The draft states that the guidance is to be helpful to patients. The guidance helps patients by settings out the standards of good practice which the GMC expects doctors to follow.
The GMC say that serious or persistent failure to follow this guidance that poses a risk to patient safety or public trust in doctors will put a doctor's registration at risk.
That is how important this guidance is. However, I tink that it is more imprtant that we help doctors to follow the guidance rather than aim to get the GMC to remove their registration.
The guidance covers but is not limited to, decisions about treatments, procedures, investigations, examinations and referrals, and applies whatever the method of communication, including remote consultations.