Good Medical Practice: A Draft for Consultation


Consultation summary:

The General Medical Council (GMC) is holding this consultation to seek your views on revised guidance for doctors called, Good Medical Practice – a draft for consultation.

The guidance sets out what is expected of all doctors registered with the GMC. All doctors are required to be familiar with and follow Good Medical Practice. Patients can use the guidance to find out what they can expect from their doctors.

The current edition of Good Medical Practice was published in November 2006.  We are reviewing it to make sure it is up to date. As part of the review, we are holding this consultation to gather people's views on the guidance and the issues it deals with.

The consultation is open to anyone who wishes to comment on the issues in the revised guidance.

This is your chance to have your say. The consultation runs from 31 October 2011 to 10 February 2012.  We will use the responses to produce the final version of Good Medical Practice which we will publish in October 2012. 


The GMC advises doctors on the standards expected of them by the profession, their patients, and the general public.

Good Medical Practice (2006) is our current core guidance for doctors. We review it every five years to make sure it is up to date and reflects what doctors and patients, think are the important principles and values of good care.

Good Medical Practice (2006) is supported by a range of guidance covering specific issues in more detail, including consent and confidentiality. You can read all our guidance on our website at




The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on the issues covered in the revised draft guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.


Further Details:

Consultation Type: General
Consultation Method: Consultation Document
Department: Policy

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