The GMC unsurprisingly expect doctors to be honest in completing all written documents.
In addition, the GMC state that doctors should ensure that any documents they sign are not false or misleading and that they must take reasonable steps to verify the information therein.
This guidance applies to fit notes and MPS medicolegal adviser Dr Birch shares a case highlighting why GPs should administer fit notes with caution.
MPS has become aware of cases where pharmacists have referred GPs to the GMC when they encounter evidence that a GP has been self-prescribing, or prescribing for their family.
In this edition we include a case where a GP got into difficulty. The GMC states that wherever possible GPs must avoid prescribing for themselves or anyone with whom they have a close personal relationship.
In this edition, Sir Peter Rubin, chair of the GMC, looks at conflicts of interest. He says that practices must be open about any financial and commercial interests linked to their work, hence if a GP has a conflict of interest in relation to the provision of a service that is under consideration by the CCG, they must declare it and exclude themselves from the decision-making process.
Dr Richard Stacey
Editor-in-chief and MPS medicolegal adviser
Disclaimer: All information is correct at the time of publishing (September 2013)