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Doctors advocacy role for patients

Next year, following an extensive consultation with patients, doctors and partner organisations, we will publish the next edition of our guidance on professional conduct and ethics.  Trust between patients and doctors is contingent on doctors’ commitment to ethical behaviour, and putting the patient first.  The Council discussed the important role of doctors in advocating for their patients at the December meeting, and we continue to advise doctors that their primary obligation is to their patient and advocacy is an important role for doctors to improve standards.

Our consultation process has highlighted this important role, and our new guidance next year will continue to reflect this issue.  The Council has recently considered wide ranging inputs on areas as diverse as social media and the challenges faced by doctors in management positions.  We are reflecting on all of the comments we have received, and look forward to publishing new guidance in 2016 which will meet the needs of patients, doctors and the wider health system.