Conflicts Of Interest
When making referrals or co-ordinating a management plan a doctor must ensure he/she acts in the best interests of the patient. Their decision should not be influenced by inducement, gift or hospitality from the patient or any outside agency - this includes drug companies and medical equipment suppliers

A doctor must declare any interest, financial or commercial, in an organisation to the patient and healthcare purchaser (the GP) if they intend to utilise said outside agency 5.

  • GMC: Duties of a Doctor
  • GMC: Valuing Diversity - Guidance for Doctors
  • GMC: Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice (March 2008)
  • Janaway v Salford Health Authority All England Law Rep 1988 Dec 1;[1988] 3:1079-84
  • GMC: Conflicts of Interest (September 2008)
  • Medical Act (1983)
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act (1998)
  • Health Service Circular (1999/198)
  • GMC: Maintaining Boundaries - Guidance for Doctors (November 2006)
  • GMC: Raising Concerns about Patient Safety - Guidance for Doctors (November 2006)
  • Kerr/Haslam Inquiry (2005)