Just wondering if anyone else has spotted this from the GMC website?

Hi,

I thought you might all be interested in what I found from the GMC website. Note F is very interesting!

Good Medical Practice: Doctor patient partnership

20. Relationships based on openness, trust and good communication will enable you to work in partnership with your patients to address their individual needs.

21. To fulfil your role in the doctor-patient partnership you must:

a. be polite, considerate and honest

b. treat patients with dignity

c. treat each patient as an individual

d. respect patients’ privacy and right to confidentiality

e. support patients in caring for themselves to improve and maintain their health

f. encourage patients who have knowledge about their condition to use this when they are making decisions about their care.

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  • Ha! Very interesting, thank you!

    K.

  • I wonder how many doctors have read these guidelines? I should have thrown this at the GP who shouted at me and threatened to withdraw medication and blood tests because I am seeing a private doctor.

    Thank you for putting this on!

  • Well I'm lucky in that respect with my current GP, but he is not allowed to prescribe me T3 because of cost even though he agrees I will likely be better on it. The cost of the T3 was less than all the other drugs I was having to take when I was on T4 only. Also I was visiting him every few weeks. I haven't needed to visit him since I started NDT (he agreed to still do tests and everything, just can't prescribe it). I'm would actually cost the NHS much LESS on T3 because of not needing all the other meds.

    I really got the feeling he respected my knowledge but his hands were tied where prescribing was concerned.

    I know the same is not true for many doctors though, and I have come across enough of them too! If I come across another one, I shall show them this!

    Thanks

    Carolyn x

  • Only in our dreams!!

  • Very much agree with f. being very relevant. Makes you wonder how "Don't look it up on the Internet" fits with that?

    The whole of the Good Medical Practice is an, umm, interesting read. :-)

    gmc-uk.org/guidance/good_me...

    Well worth a read.

    Rod

  • From the GMC website: A new edition of Good Medical Practice and our explanatory guidance will be published on our website on 25 March 2013 and because it’s our core guidance to the profession, we will send every doctor on the register a copy of it so they have time to become familiar with the new guidance before it comes into effect on 22 April 2013.

    I've seen some of the draft, and there are quite a few changes which SHOULD make the doctor patient relationship more equitable. L

  • Thanks - I haven't looked, but I assume it will not be available to us until 22 April?

  • i'm expecting to see it on their website on 25th March. I will certainly be looking for it then. L

  • Thank you - will hold my breath - it's not long! :-) :-) :-)

  • Read it before, and have even quoted bits of it to previous GP's who obviously haven't :P

  • works both ways maybe we need to practice that on our next visit

  • yes, it definately works both ways. We should encourage doctors to encourage patients who have knowledge about their condition to use this when they are making decisions about their care.

    Maybe we should even encourage doctors to have knowledge about our conditions and use it when making decisions about our care!

  • as in all things it only apply's if the relevant people ACTUALLY read and TAKE the info in USE it.....we can all hope.......unfortunately to many [ gp's ] consider they are holier than thou because 'they are the qualified---and others aren't-----please make it compulsory for them to read and understand all instructions-------IT CAN ONLY HELP ALL OF US

  • yES, I quoted all this in my complaint to the Ombudsman about a particular NHS GP practice

  • I went to a locum Gp once with a bad urine infection and blood in my urine and after I told him my problem he said well what do you want me to do!! Shocking!! I said your the dr and honestly he replied suggest a treatment which I did, he then gave me a prescription with the wrong dose. I left the surgery feeling worse went private £25 right treatment right dose hey presto. I did complain and they said he was stressed and I had a bad attitude.. Not true!!

  • I went to a locum Gp once with a bad urine infection and blood in my urine and after I told him my problem he said well what do you want me to do!! Shocking!! I said your the dr and honestly he replied suggest a treatment which I did, he then gave me a prescription with the wrong dose. I left the surgery feeling worse went private £25 right treatment right dose hey presto. I did complain and they said he was stressed and I had a bad attitude.. Not true!!

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