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GMC guidance on opt out plans

1st October 2007

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for stricter rules on when medics can “conscientiously object� to procedures.

It has criticised draft GMC guidance that would allow doctors to opt out of any procedure for ethical reasons saying that this would give doctors “a licence to discriminate� and should be strictly limited to certain procedures such as abortion.

However, the GMC believes that precise restrictions would not work in practice. Its new draft recommendations say doctors can object to any procedure for which they have a moral, cultural or religious disagreement.


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