Joint statement on supporting patients in making informed decisions

Joint statement on supporting patients in making informed decisions

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland have published a joint statement in response to recent claims that patients and the public have been inappropriately influenced by health professionals when making decisions about where to access services such as flu vaccinations or dispensing of prescriptions

The statement makes clear that pharmacy professionals and doctors have a duty to support informed decision making by patients and ensure that they do not inappropriately influence patients’ choices.

The statement also makes clear that anyone who has a specific concern about this should contact NHS England or their local health board in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Both the GPhC and GMC are working closely with the NHS in each part of the UK and there is a clear process whereby concerns can be referred to us if it is deemed that our standards may not have been met by individual health professionals.

A copy of the joint statement can be found here.