General Medical Council Review of  consent guidance

Good consent practice is at the heart of the doctor-patient relationship, but it’s sometimes challenging to get this right. GMC guidance sets out good practice principles for making decisions about care, from the treatment of minor conditions to major interventions with significant risks or side effects.

Since it was last published in 2008, there have been shifts in the legal, policy and workplace environments. Doctors are telling us that increasing pressures and demands on their practice can make it difficult to seek and record a patient’s consent in line with GMC guidance and the law.

The GMC are starting work to update the Consent guidance to ensure that it is still clear and helpful, relevant to doctors’ needs, and consistent with the law.

Patient survey: Have your say
The GMC have launched a survey to find out about patients’ experiences of discussing treatment and care with their doctors.

Complete the survey online     pdf version of the survey

You don’t need to register to complete the online survey, but you’ll need to complete it in one session as you can’t save it and return to it.

Complete the survey in Welsh (pdf).

Email for large print Word version of the survey, or to ask about other formats.

If you are using the pdf version of the survey, please click on the ‘submit form’ button once finished to email your completed response to us. Please note that if you are using Google Chrome you will need to save the completed pdf to your desktop, attach it to an email and send to

The survey is open until midnight on 19 March 2017.

This is an ideal opportunity for patients/carers to have their say on GET and CBT without mentioning their condition or treatment and on the way that patients are presented with evidence of benefits and harms off any treatment they are offered.

More info about then General Medical Council –  The GMC regulates all aspects of the training and practice of doctors in the UK

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